SINGAPORE 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 on Friday.
The 36-year-old, who the Straits Times said was mentally
unstable, had previous convictions for drug and sex-related
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.
(Reporting by Melanie Lee, editing by Miral Fahmy)