A local man accused of “groping the breasts of multiple women” at a recent pool party has walked free after his lawyer raised a convincing argument at a preliminary hearing. The accused, 31-year old Mr Tan, was immediately released after his lawyer made a startling revelation.
Mr Tan’s story was that he’d been invited to a party at a condominium in Novena by a group of friends, and he had only intended to relax on a deck chair beside the pool while his friends went for a swim. According to Mr Tan, he asked a passer-by to fetch him a glass of cold lime juice, as he was feeling hot & thirsty after spending some time in the sun. Instead, the stranger returned with a glass of lime juice that had been generously spiked with vodka. While he admitted the drink ‘didn’t taste as he had expected’, Mr Tan said he found it enjoyable enough and proceeded to finish the beverage. A short time later, Mr Tan decided a trip to the restroom was required, but in his intoxicated state he accidentally fell into the swimming pool.
Over the next five minutes, the accused allegedly groped the breasts of numerous women, which he explained simply as “trying to find a flotation device to avoid drowning”. Mr Tan was hauled from the pool by an angry lifeguard and was nearly beaten to a pulp before his friends intervened. The party’s organizers made a formal complaint and the accused was ordered to explain the indecent assault. Appearing at the hearing wearing dark sunglasses, Mr Tan made a surprising admission “I’m completely blind!”
Following this admission, there was no way any charges would stick, so Mr Tan was released immediately. Onlookers observed Mr Tan leave the hearing through a side door and proceed to a nearby parking lot. “I was surprised to see him hop onto a motorbike and speed away,” commented one witness. “For a blind man, he’s quite a good driver.”