Clinic nurse allegedly molested male patient after procedure

Wan Ting Koh·ReporterMon, 22 February 2021, 6:05 am

Singapore's State Courts seen on 21 April 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
Singapore’s State Courts seen on 21 April 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — A clinic nurse manager at a private clinic is accused of molesting a male patient who was recovering on a hospital bed following an endoscopy.

Ivan Lee Yi Wang, 32, claimed trial on Monday (22 February) to two charges of allegedly molesting the man by stroking his private parts twice while the man was sleeping on a bed after his procedure on 31 October 2018.

The alleged victim, then 26, cannot be named to protect his identity.

Lee was then a clinic nurse manager at the private clinic located at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. He handled administrative duties, such as scheduling patient appointments and assisting in dispensing medication.

Taking the stand on Monday, the victim, testified that he met Lee thrice when he visited the clinic starting from September or October 2018 due to stomach issues.

The first time, Lee allegedly took down the victim’s personal details to register him in the clinic.

On 18 October 2018, the victim said he received a message from Lee, asking about a follow-up appointment at the clinic.

When questioned how he had reacted to the text, the victim said, “I thought it strange cause it was coming from a personal number.” He added that he called the clinic’s landline directly to arrange an appointment instead, and did not respond to Lee’s text.

When Deputy Public Prosecutor Stacey Anne Fernandez asked the victim about why the text was “strange”, the latter replied, “I don’t think they (clinic staff) are supposed to use their personal number to contact patients directly, hence I thought it was quite out of the norm.”

According to the man, he next met Lee when the latter gave him a briefing on how to prepare for his endoscopy, which was fixed for 31 October 2018.

On the day of the appointment, Lee briefed the victim again while they were in the ward, ahead of the procedure.

According to the prosecution, when the victim returned to his recovery ward after the operation, he woke up as he had felt his penis being stroked multiple times. He then saw a flashlight from what he believed to be a mobile phone pointing towards him.

He saw a man dressed in a white shirt and dark trousers.

Later, the man again woke up to the same sensation and felt cold. He saw that his gown had been lifted to his chest area and the man clad in the same clothes was molesting him again. A flashlight was again pointed at him.

When the alleged victim asked the alleged perpetrator what he was doing, the latter moved his hand from his penis to rub his stomach area.

The victim alerted the nurses at the endoscopy ward about what happened and two nurses attended to him.

CCTV footage played in court captured Lee clad in a white shirt and dark-coloured trousers in the clinic.

According to the prosecution, the nurses on duty will testify that the Lee had no reason to be in the victim’s room while he was recovering as he had not been called to attend to the patient’s discharge. Doctors will be called to testify that Lee’s job never involved any physical contact or physical examination of patients.

The trial continues on Monday afternoon with the alleged victim returning to the stand.