SINGAPORE - The male security guard and female resident were on good terms.
She and her husband even visited his home during Deepavali.
But on Feb 10 last year, permanent night shift guard Singaraja Rasiah, 61, molested her.
Yesterday, he was sentenced to 14 months' jail.
The victim had returned home to a condominium near Farrer Park at about 7pm and greeted Singaraja as she walked past the guardhouse.
She was in the kitchen preparing dinner when Singaraja rang the doorbell at about 7.40pm.
When she opened the door, he spoke to her in English but she did not fully understand him.
She understood that Singaraja was asking about her husband's health.
Singaraja entered the unit and he later used his left hand to pull her by the shoulder towards him to hug her, and used his right hand to stroke her crotch over her pants.
Stunned, she pushed him away. After he left, she called her husband, who contacted the police.
After his arrest, Singaraja was found to have 114mg of ethanol per 100ml blood, indicating he was drunk.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Ramu Miyapan said Singaraja had committed the offence while on duty, and had abused his position of trust.
The victim was diagnosed with acute stress disorder, severe anxiety and depression.
Defence lawyer Rajan Supramaniam said Singaraja had a history of psychiatric illness associated with alcoholism.
He was sacked after the incident and is jobless.
This article was first published in The New Paper.