Man jailed 20 years for raping teenage niece

A 54-year-old school canteen stall operator who raped his young niece three years ago was yesterday jailed for 20 years.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his niece, now 17, pleaded guilty to one charge of rape, two charges of sexual assault and one charge of outrage of modesty.

Another three charges of rape, outrage of modesty and insulting the modesty of a woman were taken into consideration.

The girl's sexual abuse lasted from 2010 up until December 2012.

The High Court heard that on Dec 20, 2012, the man, knowing his wife was taking a nap in the master bedroom of their flat, went to his niece, then 14, in the living room.

He pulled down his shorts and forced his niece to perform sexual acts on him, before raping her.

He stopped when he heard sounds from the bedroom, and went to check if his wife - who is the girl's paternal aunt - was still asleep. Seeing that she was, the man returned to the living room and raped his niece again.

He stopped when he again heard sounds from the bedroom, and the girl took the opportunity to run out of the flat. Shortly after, she returned home, filled a cup with water, bleach and soap powder, and drank it in a bid to commit suicide.

When the girl started vomiting violently, the man dissuaded his wife from taking her to hospital, saying that it would result in a police report.

Instead, his wife took the girl to a private clinic and, as instructed by the man, did not tell the doctor what she drank.

A few days later, the man's wife, after knowing what had happened, offered the girl $50.

The man's actions came to light when the girl was queried on her school absences in January 2013. She told a school counsellor about the sexual abuses and a police report was made.

The first time her uncle abused her was when he violated her when she was 12 years old. In 2012, he molested her by squeezing her breasts and touching her buttocks.

In sentencing the man yesterday, Justice Lee Seiu Kin agreed with the prosecution that there were aggravating factors in the case. The man had violated his niece's trust, and possibly caused her long-lasting trauma.

In a victim impact statement read in court, the girl said she now fears males and has difficulty trusting others. She also has nightmares and flashbacks to the incident.

The man was spared caning due to his age.

- The Straits Times


Jobless man jailed 2 years for having sex with girl, 12

A 33-year-old unemployed man who had sex with a minor when she was drunk was jailed for two years yesterday.

Oh Boon Yaw was 18 years older than the girl when he had sex with the drunken 12-year-old in a chalet in East Coast Parkway some time in August 2012.

He pleaded guilty on Sept 28. Assistant Public Prosecutor Puvaneswari Sandirasekaran said Oh and the girl befriended each other in a LAN online gaming outlet at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre during the June school holidays in 2012.

She told him her age. After a while, they met up often and began a relationship.

About two months later, the girl, Oh and some of their friends went to the chalet.

They spent the night drinking alcohol and playing games. Both the girl and Oh were drunk that night.

Oh slept beside her on the same bed while the friends slept on the other bed in the same room. Oh became aroused and undressed her.

She woke up and saw him getting up on top of her. She did not stop him as she was drunk and sleepy.

Ms Puvaneswari, who sought a prison sentence of at least 24 months, said the victim was young and vulnerable.

She also said there was a substantial age gap of about 18 years between the duo, and there was no consent given to have sex.

She highlighted that Oh in this case was "opportunistic" as he had committed the offence when the girl was drunk and unable to give her consent.

"The prosecution is not disputing that they were in a relationship at the material time.

But this is a strict liability offence where the law protects and acts like a blanket for the young girls below the age of 16, to ensure that men do not take advantage of them as they are still immature in making the decision of having sex,'' she said.

Oh's lawyer, Mr Chu Hua Yi, who was assigned under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, said in mitigation that Oh had a difficult childhood and was abused by his father when he was disciplining him.

Oh became very reclusive, kept to himself and got bullied in school. He dropped out of the Institute of Technical Education and did not have anyone to talk to about his feelings, until he met the girl, he said.

Mr Chu said Oh fell in love with her. He added that when their relationship ended in 2012, Oh used a penknife to cut his palm and suffered permanent disability.

In her testimonial, Oh's younger sister recalled there was one night when the whole family was trembling with fear when the father was caning Oh using a bundle of canes, among other things.

He grabbed Oh by his hair, rammed his head against a wall, held a chopper against his face and shouted furiously.

Oh, who was in tears as he was led away to begin his sentence, could have been jailed for up to 20 years and liable to a fine or to caning for having sex with a person under the age of 14.

- The Straits Times


Man gets seven years' jail, caning for attempted rape and 'wanton sexual assault

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to seven years' jail and six strokes of the cane on Wednesday (Oct 7) for sexually assaulting and attempting to rape a 23-year-old Taiwanese tourist.

Ng Jun Xian was also jailed for two weeks for a charge of disorderly behaviour.

After meeting her at Club Sonar at Orchard Hotel, he offered to take the woman, who was visiting her boyfriend in Singapore, to another Hotel 81 on Lavender Street so that she could rest after a night of drinking last November.

But after checking in, he forced himself on the victim, violated her and tried to rape her.

When she broke free and tried to escape, he caught her, slapped her and pushed her back to the bed.

While out on bail, however, Ng also got into a brawl in a pub with at least five other people. He threw a chair at someone and also threw some punches. He was arrested again.

Ng pleaded guilty to the offences which he committed when he was 20 years old and serving his full-time national service.

In imposing a deterrent sentence on Ng, District Judge Matthew Joseph noted aggravating factors in the "wanton sexual assault on the victim". The judge also found the assault to be "bold, brazen and despicable".

Ng's lawyer A. Rajandran told the court he intended to lodge an appeal against his sentence. Ng was granted bail of $25,000.

- The Straits Times

Man sentenced to 22 months' jail for indecent act and oral sex with 13-year-old girl

An unemployed man who committed an indecent act with a girl and made her perform oral sex on him was jailed for 22 months on Tuesday.

Muhammad Hafiz Zainuddin, 24, admitted to two out of five charges.

A court heard that in early March this year, the victim, aged 13, logged on to her Facebook account and discovered a friend-request from Hafiz, who used the nickname, Ardy Harrison, and whose profile consisted of photographs of a Caucasian man.

She accepted the friend request, and they began to chat. She told him her full name and that she was studying in a primary school in the east of Singapore.

He said he was 18. On March 23, the girl was at Nex shopping centre when she logged on to her Facebook account at a shop with iPads on display.

She chatted with Hafiz, who asked her to meet him at Marsiling MRT station.

At first she was reluctant to meet him but agreed as she was curious to find out what he looked like.

After meeting her at Marsiling MRT station, Hafiz took her to Block 162 Woodlands Street 13.

They walked up to the sixth floor. There, he coaxed her into performing some sexual acts on him.

They then parted. A week later, she was with a friend at the same shop in Nex shopping mall when Hafiz chatted with her over Facebook.

He asked her to meet him but she told him she could not as she was with her friend.

He asked her to bring her friend along but she declined.

Pleading for leniency, Hafiz said he was remorseful and promised not to re-offend.

He also wished to apologise to the victim and her family.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Michael Quilindo asked the court to impose sentences above the benchmark, pointing to the girl's age.

District Judge Liew Thiam Leng, who backdated Hafiz's sentence to Sept 22, noted the wide age gap between the parties.

He said the facts showed Hafiz was instrumental in encouraging the victim in this case.

Hafiz could have been fined up to $10,000 and jailed for up to five years for the indecent act.

For sexual penetration of a person under 16 years, he could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined.

- The Straits Times


Jail for man who filmed 2 co-tenants in shower

An engineer who took videos of his two co-tenants in the shower a total of 15 times in June last year was jailed for 24 weeks yesterday.

Ho Seong Lim, 34, admitted to six of 15 charges of insulting the modesty of a woman at a Housing Board unit in the north-east of Singapore.

His offences came to light on June 21 last year, when the first victim, a 27-year-old woman, reported to the police that she suspected Ho had been taking video recordings of her showering.

She had checked his laptop and found a video recording of her showering.

Investigation revealed that sometime in June last year, the woman was showering when Ho held his mobile phone at the gap above the toilet door and made a recording.

He committed four more offences against the same victim. The same month, he also filmed the second victim, aged 34, in the shower.

Nine other similar charges, including one more of insulting the older woman's modesty, were taken into consideration.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kong Kuek Foo sought at least 12 weeks per charge to be imposed.

He said there was pre-meditation and that Ho could replay the videos many times to satisfy his perverse desire.

He added that Ho's action was more serious than upskirt videos as the faces of the victims could be seen.

Pleading for leniency, Ho claimed that he was not good at using tech devices and did not know how to upload videos.

He could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined.

- The Straits Times


Teenager abused younger sister because he was angry with parents

A teenager, who bore a grudge against his parents for leaving him behind when they went abroad to study, took it out on his younger sister by sexually abusing her.

The 18-year-old Malaysian, who is a Singapore permanent resident, admitted to one of four charges.

Neither he nor his currently 12-year-old sister can be named due to a gag order.

A Community Court heard that the accused was brought up by his grandparents in Singapore until the age of seven. In the interim, he parents had gone to the United States to study.

The victim, who was born there, was brought back to Singapore when she was two years old. Their parents had tried to keep them apart as much as possible since 2011 after the youngster had abused his sister.

On Sept 26, 2013, the victim, then 10, was ill and resting at their own home in the west of Singapore. The accused returned from school and apologised to her for having torn a box belonging to her. She did not say anything in reply.

He then lifted her T-shirt and molested her.

He put his hand into her panties and abused her without her consent. She felt pain and tried to push him away. He stopped only after a few minutes.

After the incident, he told her not to tell anyone about what he had done to her.

The incident came to light five days later when a school counsellor asked the victim about her home environment.

"The accused had committed the offence both out of sexual curiosity and out of vengeance against his family. The accused has a poor relationship with his parents, and begrudges them for leaving him in the care of his grandparents while they went to the United States to study, '' said Deputy Public Prosecutor Gabriel Choong.

The victim was examined and her hymen was found to be intact. But she told a doctor she felt sad, unhappy and angry about the accused's acts.

The accused was assessed to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.

The court heard that he is currently staying in a home.

Sentence was postponed pending pre-sentence reports for probation and reformative training on Sept 25.

The maximum punishment is 10 years' jail and a fine.

- The Straits Times


Divorced bus driver sexually abused daughter since she was 10 till she was 14

A divorced 46-year-old man who sexually abused his biological daughter when she went over to his place on weekends was yesterday jailed 19 years and ordered to be caned the maximum 24 strokes.

The bus driver, who had been granted weekend access to his two daughters after his divorce from their mother, started abusing the younger girl when she was 10.

He continued to sexually exploit her until she was 14. On some occasions, he would tell her that he missed and loved her.

The abuse came to light when the girl was 14 after the victim's teacher asked why she was skipping school and going home late.

Yesterday, the man pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault, one charge of aggravated molestation and two charges of molestation. Six other similar charges were taken into consideration. He is not named to protect the identity of the victim, who is now 17.

In sentencing, High Court judge Woo Bih Li agreed with prosecutors that the man's actions were "heinous". Justice Woo said that any sexual assault is to be "condemned in the strongest terms" and in this case, the offences are aggravated by the fact that the victim was the man's young biological daughter.

"She trusted you. You were supposed to protect her. Instead, you violated her," said the judge.

The court heard that the man and his former wife divorced when the victim was two years old.

The girls lived with their mother but, as a result of custody arrangements, spent time with their father at his home every Saturday.

On one such Saturday afternoon visit in 2007, while the girl was sleeping, the accused entered the room, lay next to her and sexually violated the 10-year-old.

This was the start of a series of sexual abuse which has left the girl "sad and disgusted" with her father's actions, the court heard.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Allison Phua sought a deterrent jail term of 18 to 20 years, noting that the man had exploited his position of authority over the vulnerable victim. By telling the girl how much he loved and missed her while abusing her, he was causing her to feel emotionally disturbed and helpless, she said.

The man's lawyer, Mr Kertar Singh, said 12 to 14 years was sufficient. He argued that his client was not a serial rapist and is unlikely to repeat the offences.

- The Straits Times


23-year-old man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting underage girl

A 23-year-old man on Monday (Aug 31) pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a minor, after the victim admitted to having sex with him.

Mohammad Noor Mohammad Ali faces three counts of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in February this year. The two had met in a WhatsApp messenger group chat in late 2014. Mohammad Noor then sent the girl several direct messages, but she blocked him initially.

When the victim unblocked Mohammad Noor on Feb 10, 2015, he again pestered the girl to meet him. The victim agreed, as she had planned to run away from home due to family problems.

Mohammad Noor met the girl at Marsiling MRT station, and they proceeded to a nearby HDB block where they had sex.

A few days later, Mohammad Noor again asked the girl to meet him but she declined, saying that she was at the police station. He then threatened her, saying that he would “come out and do something” to her if he was put in lock-up.

A week later, the girl admitted to a police officer that she had sex with Mohammad Noor. This was during investigations into her disappearance, as she had run away from home.

Mohammad Noor will be sentenced on Sep 7. For sexually penetrating a minor under 16, he could face up to 10 years' jail, a fine or both.

- Channel News Asia

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