Jail, can­ing for man who mo­lested nurse hired to look af­ter his wife


While his cancer-stricken wife was asleep, a busi­ness­man mo­lested a pri­vate nurse hired to look af­ter her.

Yes­ter­day, District Judge Mathew Joseph chided Pil­lai Shyam Ku­mar Sadashivan, 47, call­ing his ac­tions “ab­hor­rent and re­pug­nant”.

He added: “The vic­tim was a pro­fes­sional nurse look­ing af­ter your sick wife... and (not to) pro­vide non­nurs­ing ser­vices con­trary to what you ex­pected. This is Sin­ga­pore. We have dif­fer­ent stan­dards here.”

Pil­lai, who runs a steel trad­ing com­pany in Dubai, was sen­tenced to seven months’ jail and three strokes of the cane af­ter he pleaded guilty to mo­lest­ing the then 25-year-old Sin­ga­porean nurse and in­sult­ing her mod­esty.

A sec­ond count of in­sult­ing the wo­man’s mod­esty was taken into con­sid­er­a­tion dur­ing sen­tenc­ing.

The In­dian na­tional had claimed trial to his of­fences but de­cided to plead guilty to them on the first day of the hear­ing in Au­gust.

Pil­lai, who has two young daugh­ters, had come to Sin­ga­pore with his wife to seek med­i­cal treat­ment.

His lawyer, Mr Mathew Kurian, told the court that his client’s wife has blood cancer.

Pil­lai com­mit­ted the of­fences in their rented apart­ment near Kent Ridge Park at around 9am on Dec 14 last year — just three days af­ter the pri­vate nurse started.

On that day, Pil­lai’s wife was asleep in her bed­room with the door closed when he in­vited the nurse to sit with him in the liv­ing room.

Deputy Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tor Gail Wong said: “The ac­cused steered the con­ver­sa­tion to­wards sex­ual mat­ters.

“The ac­cused stated that he had not had sex­ual in­ter­course with his wife for the past months due to her ill­ness and claimed that the girls in Dubai pro­vided ex­tra ser­vices.

“The vic­tim un­der­stood that the ac­cused was re­fer­ring to sex­ual con­tact and replied that she was a pro­fes­sional nurse and did not do such things.”

Pil­lai then asked her to lift her top, and he mo­lested her af­ter she de­clined.

She con­tin­ued to take care of his wife af­ter he stopped and even re­turned to work at the apart­ment the next day as she was con­cerned about the wo­man’s health.

But she later alerted the po­lice and stopped go­ing to Pil­lai’s home.

DPP Wong said that as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent, the nurse had to seek coun­selling and could not re­turn to her job for a while.

Pil­lai is out on $15,000 bail and will sur­ren­der him­self at the State Courts next Mon­day to serve his sen­tence.



Pil­lai Shyam Ku­mar Sadashivan.

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