Grab Singapore Driver Who Claimed He Was Scratching An Itch Convicted For Masturbating

The incident occurred in Singapore last year.

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A 24-year-old GrabHitch driver in Singapore was recently convicted for masturbating in front of a female passenger last year

Zhang Jia Hao pleaded guilty to one count of insulting a woman's modesty during an incident on 24 January 2018 along Circular Road, according to a Lianhe Wanbao report on 19 July.

Zhang was driving a 22-year-old female student when she noticed that he was steering with only his left hand

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After peeking at the driver's seat, she realised that he was masturbating, with his pants open at the crotch area.

She began a conversation with him to see how he would react, but he responded while using his hand to cover his crotch, Mothership reported.

The 22-year-old eventually asked Zhang if that was the first time he was masturbating in the presence of a passenger.

Caught off guard, he allegedly admitted that he was pleasuring himself and apologised.

She asked him to drop her off immediately.

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The student then called her 32-year-old boyfriend and gave him the driver's personal information.

The woman's boyfriend contacted Zhang over WhatsApp and gave him an ultimatum - admit what he had done to his fiancée and family or they would report him to the police

In an attempt to "protect himself", the driver lodged a police report and denied that he was masturbating in front of her.

He said that he was merely scratching an itch from a rash outbreak below his hip.

Zhang gave the same explanation to his family.

The case has been adjourned to 26 July, and his lawyer is fighting to get him a probationary sentencing, Mothership reported.

Grab Singapore has since apologised for the incident and assured driver-partners and passengers that there is "zero tolerance for such behaviour"

"We have banned the driver from our platform and would like to remind both driver-partners and passengers to treat each other with respect," @GrabSG tweeted.

Last month, five women in Singapore were awarded for catching a man "insulting the modesty of a woman" at a MRT station:

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