Yesterday the alleged molest victim of a student from a Singapore Management University (SMU) was told by the prosecution that he had repeatedly agreed to his progress on her.
During the cross-examination of Deputy Public Prosecutor Andre Chong of 24-year-old Lee Yan Ru, who is on trial to outrage the modesty of a female student during the 2019 SMU overnight studies.Although he acknowledged that he had not requested her consent before advancing, the Straits Times reported that he repeatedly said that he believed she had accepted her actions.
DPP Chong argued that Lee was not given her consent, that Lee had moved and taken away her hands as he touched her lap and tried to kiss her. DPP Chong said that he had not received her consent.
Lee, who is alleged to have rubbed his private parts on her chest in an SMU study room, said: “Throughout the whole time, I thought it was mutual (and) there was consent between both parties.”
He repeatedly attributed this to the “mood and environment” between them during the early hours of Jan 8, 2019.”You weren’t there. Only both of us were there. Only both of us know how we were getting more and more intimate,” he told DPP Chong.The lady, 22, was surprised at yesterday’s hearing and led the parties to discuss whether her attendance was a matter.District Judge Sharmila Sripathy – Shanaz allowed her, after DPP Chong said that it had no objection, to sit in the Public Gallery and she stayed with Lee for all the cross-examination of the DPP.
Due to a gag order, the woman who attends another school cannot be named.
The DPP began by asking Lee what consent meant to him. “If I wanted to do something to you, but I didn’t get your consent, does it mean that it’s your job to say no?”
Lee replied: “Yes, it would be my job to say no.”When asked if he felt that the only way to make sure someone agrees was to ask him, Lee said it depended on the place, the environment and the environment.
On Munday Lee testified to the arrangement to meet the woman at a café after meeting her in Instagram at the beginning of January 2019 when his lawyers in Rajah & Tann were questioning her.
On Jan 8, 2019 at 1am, she accepted his request to meet with him at the SMU for night study.
He added that “mutual” and “consensual” happened to them. He hung her and tried to kiss her. He touched her breast with him.
Yesterday DPP Chong argued that several of Lee’s declarations on Monday were made because they were not put into the hands of the alleged victim when her original police statement was cross-examined or missed.
There was a woman who said that she trusted Lee as she changed in the room, that she put his foot on her thighs and asked what if he tickled her.
Lee refused to fabricate the statements.The court also heard on Monday that the woman had said “stop” to Lee as he knelt over her, but he did not think she meant it because of her “jest(ing) tone”.
DPP Chong argued that she had just woken up and would have been disoriented and unable to consent. “When she finally came to her senses, she said ‘stop’,” he added.DPP Chong asked Lee to mimic the way she had said “stop”, but Lee said: “There is no way I can replicate that tone because… I am not her and I am not in that environment now.”
When asked what she could have said to get him to stop, Lee said: “If she shouted ‘stop’, or (since) her hands were free (and) she pushed me hard… It’s just at that point in time, her ‘stop’ didn’t mean ‘stop’.”
DPP Chong said: “The truth is, Mr Lee, there is nothing (she) could have said to get you to stop.”Lee was unhappy.
On 27 July Judge Sripathy-Shanaz shall give his judgment. If convicted of the modesty of the female, Lee may be imprisoned, fined and/or caned for up to two years.
Source: The New Paper