1 court date, 3 outfits

Left:Dr Ivan Ngeow Ko Yen arriving at the Subordinate Courts building, an hour before his court proceedings. Right: Dr Ivan Ngeow Ko Yen leaving the Subordinate Courts wearing a jacket.

1. Arriving at court

2. In court

White long-leeve shirt with blue tie

3. Leaving court

He is a cross-dressing doctor who is particular about his appearance - even as he faced the court for his sentencing yesterday afternoon.

Ivan Ngeow Ko Yen, 37, was seen in three different outfits when he turned up at the Subordinate Courts.

He was in a red T-shirt and grey trousers and had on a cap and sunglasses as he arrived in court.

Once inside the building, he changed into a white long-sleeved shirt and put on a blue tie.

He replaced his sunglasses with a pair of thin, black, metal-frame glasses.

When he left, he covered himself with a jacket and put on his cap and sunglasses again.

Ngeow, who is with the department of geriatric medicine at Changi General Hospital (CGH), pleaded guilty on March 27 to cross-dressing as a junior college schoolgirl and exposing his penis to an undergraduate.

Yesterday, he was sentenced to a year of supervised probation.

During his probation period, Ngeow has to stay indoors from 10pm to 6am. He has to go for psychological follow-up at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and attend offence-specific treatment at the psychological branch of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.

District Judge Francis Remedios also ordered him to do 60 hours of community service.

Ngeow arrived alone an hour before his court session yesterday, but his wife and three relatives were with him inside the court.

He bowed his head and continued walking towards the court entrance as photographers clicked away.

On Aug 20, 2010, at about 9pm, Ngeow had exposed himself to a then 19-year-old undergraduate of the National University of Singapore as she was heading home to Clementi.

The girl noticed him dressed in a Victoria Junior College girl's uniform loitering in the void deck of her block.

When she entered the lift, she saw Ngeow, through the glass panels of the lift doors, lifting up his skirt and exposing his genitals to her.

The girl rushed home and called the police.

Ngeow was arrested five months later.

His defence lawyer, Mr Thangavelu, revealed in a previous court session that his client had been secretly cross-dressing since he was nine.

Ngeow was born in Malaysia and studied at Raffles Institution.

He then attended Victoria Junior College and completed his undergraduate medical training at Australia's University of Melbourne.

He stood calmly in the dock as Mr Thangavelu, requested for him to be placed on probation.

But Deputy Public Prosecutor Ramu Miyapan pressed for a custodial sentence and argued that, given the facts of the case, it was against public interest for a probation to be granted to Ngeow, as it would send a wrong signal to would-be offenders.

Judge Remedios said that he had gone through a very comprehensive report submitted by Ngeow's probation officer before he accepted Mr Thangavelu's recommendation.

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