I bet he’s pinching himself now… err… maybe not…


Bailed: Briton Austin Cowburn

Book down the trousers?

A British businessman on holiday in Singapore faces being lashed with a cane after being accused of squeezing a woman’s bottom in a nightclub.

Austin Cowburn, a recruitment consultant, is alleged to have pinched the woman’s buttocks while partying in the upmarket Boat Quay area at 4am.

It is understood he was visiting the island from Doha, Qatar, where he works as a senior executive for international recruitment company NES Global.

According to local reports, Mr Cowburn, 34, was charged on Friday with outraging the modesty of the woman at the China One club on April 3.

At the hearing, a judge set his bail at £4,900 and he is now staying in a backpacker hostel in the Chinatown area of the island, having surrendered his passport to police.

He is due to appear for a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday and, if convicted, could be jailed for two years, fined up to £6,000 or be sentenced to a lashing with a 4ft rattan cane.

Oh yes… another Britain that has to reflect on the fact that other countries aren’t a dopey or useless at dishing out prison/punishment as we are…

For the record… it is not right to pinch women or men on the bum… it’s disgusting behaviour…

I saw a documentary on TV once about this process…(the caning-not bum pinching…)

The chap that administers the cane is a stocky bloke in his 30’s that does nothing but keep himself in shape in the gym etc…

The guilty are secured naked and face down over a vaulting horse in the presence of a Doctor that makes certain they can breath etc…

Then our man takes the 4-ft cane out of the antiseptic infused water it has been standing in for a couple of days and gets to work…

He takes a couple of steps to warm up and aims to hit the villain on the buttocks or back of the legs… after the first hit, he pauses…

This is for two reasons: to allow the Doctor to check his patient and to let the nerves recover a little…

Then he repeats the process until complete.

It is known that people very rarely ever return for another go…

Orwell noted that humans can endure almost any pain, except one that causes some form of emotional change…

This appears to do that quite nicely…

One lady comments that she has lived in Singapore for some years and feels completely safe, she would not hesitate to walk home after midnight even in the poorest areas…

Of course, we would never submit to such a barbaric, torture…

Which is why, of course, you can’t walk home after midnight  here…

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4 responses to “I bet he’s pinching himself now… err… maybe not…

  1. Well said; couldn’t agree more. My generation were the last to be caned at school (it actually went out during my school years). We were well behaved 90% of the time and discretely misbehaved for the other 10% at worst.

    Literally every year’s intake of schoolkids that i’ve seen since has been worse and worse behaved. Why? Lack of fear of consequence? No cane, no detention, no being shouted at, no being made to wear a dunce hat, no missing lunch breaks, no being given a clip around the ear by the teacher, not even any ability to exclude them when they become physically violent (my favourite example of this was when a kid threw a chair at a teacher, the other teacher in the room grabbed them and took them outside. Said teacher was suspended for 6 months and left their job over it in the end. This with the kid having a history of violence against teachers. Unsurprisingly the kid went as far as hitting the teacher over the head with a chair the next time and put them in hospital…)

    Frankly, bring back the stocks. I for one would take time off work to queue up and throw things!

  2. Mindtheoranges

    I’m very disappointed. Next you’ll be telling me community service that offenders don’t bother turning up for isn’t working!

  3. We lived in Singapore for two years and I can vouch for the safety of anybody pretty much at at any time in any neighbourhood. They also use the rattan as a punishment for writing graffiti. Funnily enough, you don’t see much graffiti. The story goes that the area we lived in was a no-go place 30 years ago with triad gangs and violence. No taxi driver would go there. Apparently the government couldn’t prove a crime against the gang leaders so they just arrested them and held them without trial — for 30 years! These days if you left your wallet on a park bench you’d probably get it back the next day with the cash intact. Given a choice between Singapore and the UK, I know where I’d rather be living.

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