Saturday, June 14, 2008

Jail & caning for armpit sniffer

Jail is unavoidable (though 14 years seems a bit much) but I do not agree with the caning - it happens often in Singapore - what is the point of caning a mentally unstable person? One of the many reasons I always vetoed a move there is that I have found some of the punishments a bit too extreme for my liking.

A Singapore man with a penchant for sniffing women's armpits was sentenced to 14 years in jail and 18 strokes of the cane for molesting his victims, a local newspaper reported Friday. The 36-year-old, who the Straits Times said was mentally unstable, had previous convictions for drug and sex-related offenses.

He molested 23 women over the course of 15 months, smelling their armpits and touching them in lifts, staircase landings and their homes, the paper said. He was caught after a housewife reported him to the police. The court meted out the jail term, normally reserved for hardcore criminals, saying the man was likely to commit crimes again, the paper reported.

Caning on the buttocks is an additional punishment for male criminals in Singapore for offences ranging from vandalism to illegal possession of drugs and rape. (Link)

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