Mob set upon Pakistani ice-cream seller for alleged sexual harassment of Penang teen

POLICE have arrested a Pakistani ice-cream seller in Kepala Batas, Penang, who allegedly sexually harassing a 14-year-old girl.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the man was detained on Friday (Oct 16), after he was caught by the father of the victim and their neighbours at about 4.30pm.

“The suspect was selling ice-cream in the neighbourhood and he allegedly sexually harassed the victim while selling ice cream to her,” he said in a statement, The Star reported.

In the Thursday evening incident in Taman Seri Indah, the victim and her six-year-old sister went to buy ice-cream from the suspect, who was riding a motorcycle.

ACP Noorzainy said that the suspect was accused of touching the shoulder of the 14-year-old girl while she was choosing her ice-cream.

“When the victim wanted to pay for the ice-cream, the suspect held the victim’s hand and wanted to kiss it,” he added.

He then added that the victim then ran into her house with her sister and locked the front gate of the house, as she feared for her safety.

ACP Noorzainy said that according to the victim, the suspect remained in front of the victim’s house, where he showed her money and asked her to come out, adding that the victim was afraid and told her mother of the incident.

He also said that the only witness to the incident was the victim’s sister, who was unable to give an account of what had happened.

ACP Noorzainy said the suspect then came back on the following day, which is when the victim saw him again and told her father.

He said the suspect was then caught by the father of the girls with the help of neighbours, and added that a later check by the police found that the suspect does not have valid travel documents.

A video of the suspect being arrested by the public and hit by the victim’s father has gone viral on social media.

On the video, ACP Noorzainy urged the public to not share the video, as the suspect has been apprehended by police. He has since been remanded for four days and the case is being investigated under Section 14 of Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 and Section 6(1)(c) of Immigration Act 1959.