Dr Oh Soon Hock 'cleared' of 4 molest charges?? Define 'cleared'!!

The 3 news articles use the word 'cleared' or 'withdrawn' concerning the 4 molestation charges against Dr Oh Soon Hock. (The 52-year-old Dr Oh had been accused of molesting a 21-year-old victim four times at the Mandai Lake Road premises between January and March 2009.)

What piques my curiosity is that "the charges were compounded for a sum of S$15,000 paid to the victim, which the prosecution did not object to."

In other words, the charges to be compounded for a global sum of $15,000.

And Dr Oh Soon Hock was then granted "a discharge amounting to an acquittal".

Now what the hell does that mean? That he's innocent? That the charges were false? If so, why the need to pay the money? And nowhere in the articles did it mention that the money was considered a fine. There must be a distinct difference between a 'fine' and this 'compounded moolah'.

What annoyed me too is upon reading this part of the article. "The woman, who has received the amount, was in court and seen wiping her tears."

She cried because she actually objected the case was settled this way? Well, it's possible. It will be nice if there is a further follow-up article with the victim being interviewed by the newspaper. Has she really moved on...empowered by a mere $15,000? Now no one knows.

A FORMER senior veterinarian with the Singapore Zoo was acquitted of four molestation charges on Friday after compounding the matter.

Dr Oh Soon Hock, 52, was granted a discharge amounting to an acquittal, for molesting a 21-year-old woman four times at the Mandai Lake Road premises between January and March 2009.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Agnes Chan said the prosecution had no objections for the charges to be compounded for a global sum of $15,000.

The woman, who has received the amount, was in court and seen wiping her tears.

Trained in Taiwan in veterinary science, Dr Oh was is known for using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat animals. Lawyer Shashi Nathan told reporters that his client was very relieved that the matter had been resolved privately between the parties.

The maximum penalty for outrage of modesty is a jail term of up to two years, a fine or caning or any combination of such punishments.

From Straits Times, "Ex-Singapore zoo senior vet cleared of 4 molest charges".

All four molest charges against former Singapore Zoo vet Dr Oh Soon Hock were withdrawn Friday.

The 52-year-old had earlier been accused of molesting a 21-year-old victim four times at the Mandai Lake Road premises between January and March 2009.

The charges were compounded for a sum of S$15,000 paid to the victim, which the prosecution did not object to.

Dr Oh's lawyer said the vet is relieved the whole experience is over and wants to move on.

He added that Dr Oh, who is known for using Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat animals, misses his work at the Zoo and hopes for a chance to return to work with animals.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Molest charges against former Zoo vet withdrawn".

All four molestation charges against former Singapore Zoo veterinarian Oh Soon Hock were withdrawn on Friday, after the charges were compounded for a sum of S$15,000.

The 52-year-old had been accused previously of molesting a 21-year-old victim four times at the Mandai Lake Road attraction between January and March 2009. He has since paid the compounded sum to the victim and the prosecution did not object.

Dr Oh's lawyer said the vet is relieved that the whole ordeal is over and wants to move on.

He added that his client, who is known for using Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat animals, misses his work at the zoo and hopes for a chance to return to work with animals.

From Today, "Molestation charges against vet withdrawn".

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