10/18/2014

Youth who admitted to raping girl, 13, withdraws guilty plea

A 20-YEAR-OLD youth, who admitted last month to confining a 13-year-old girl in his flat and raping her, withdrew his plea of guilt on the day he was expected to be sentenced in the High Court.

The youth changed his mind yesterday and now wants to contest the charges against him in a trial. Trial dates will be fixed later.

He was absent without leave from full-time national service when he allegedly raped the girl at his flat on May 21 last year.

He is accused of punching her head, threatening to hurt her with a knife unless she complied with his demands, and refusing to let her leave his flat after locking the main door.

He also faced 10 other counts of having sex with a minor involving three other girls aged between 13 and 14 at the time, as well as one count of theft. These offences took place between October 2012 and December last year. The youth was not named to protect their identities.

Sentencing was adjourned last month, after hepleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated rape, wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation and causing hurt, as well as three of the 10 charges of underage sex.

But yesterday, the youth's lawyer Anand Nalachandran told the court that his client now disputes the facts relating to the alleged rape and asked to retract his guilty plea.

Justice Choo Han Teck granted the request in view of the serious nature of the charges.

Aggravated rape carries between eight and 20 years' jail and at least 12 strokes of the cane.

- The Straits Times

10/14/2014

Man commits 27 sexual offences on five primary school boys

When he started having recurrent, sexually arousing fantasies and urges towards young boys, Lok Kwok, 59, hatched a plan to get his fix.

He would chat up students from the primary school who played near his home in Bukit Batok and entice them with computer games to go back with him. In reality, what he wanted was for them to perform sexual acts with him.

He snared his first victims – a pair of brothers, aged 10 and seven – and went on to commit 27 sexual offences on them and three other boys over around five months, buying their silence with gifts.

On Monday (Oct 13), prosecutors urged a district judge to sentence Lok to 12 years in prison.

The court heard that the logistical officer first preyed on the older brother in October 2012, when he asked the boy to take off his shirt and hug and kiss him, while taking pictures of the act.

Later that month, he did the same with the younger brother and bought the siblings some game cards as a reward. Subsequently, he made the brothers masturbate him.

Lok also made another seven-year-old boy masturbate him and perform oral sex on him while he filmed the acts. He also preyed on a nine-year-old, buying him game cards in exchange for snapping pictures of the boy in the nude, and hugging and kissing him, as well as touching his private parts.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Zhong Zewei said Lok’s persistent offending showed he is “either totally unable or unwilling” to control himself.

Mr Zhong added that the Institute of Mental Health has diagnosed Lok with paedophilia, which provides “substantial ballast for the principles of prevention and deterrence”. His diagnosis reinforces the need to specifically deter his repugnant conduct and isolate him from young boys who may become his victims in future, the prosecutor added.

In mitigation, Lok, who pleaded guilty last month to eight charges including seven charges under the Children and Young Persons Act, told the court in Mandarin that he has an older sister to take care of and that he has realised his mistake.

“I’m apologetic to the young children ... and I’m sorry,” he said, through an interpreter. He is expected to be sentenced on Nov 3.

- TODAY newspaper

Pimp gets 35 months for running vice enterprise; wife jailed 10 weeks



Ang Boon Seng, the man who ran nine pubs and masterminded one of Singapore's largest prostitution rings, was sentenced to 35 months behind bars on Monday.

The 40-year-old made a total profit of at least $1.08 million over the course of his business over four years, 40 per cent of which came from prostitution earnings.

The monthly profits ranged between $27,000 and $60,000. Ang, who had admitted to 43 vice-related charges and seven brought by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), was fined a total of $98,000 on the MOM charges of demanding money from the Filipino women as a condition of their employment.

District Judge Lim Keng Yeow also imposed a $3,600 disgorgement payment on Ang. Ang will start his sentence on Dec 22 after his Filipino wife, Anne Asuncion Ylarde, 31, who was given 10 weeks' jail on Monday, completes her sentence for bringing in Filipinas to work in the flesh trade.

She would frequently travel to the Philippines to look for women interested in earning money to come to Singapore as "entertainment performers".

To dupe the authorities, she would sometimes pretend to be the women's sisters and fly back to Singapore with them.

Ang came to know Ylarde in 2003 and married her six years later. They have six children aged two months to 13 years old, three of whom are from Ang's previous marriage.

The court heard that Ang started Tokyo Drift at Orchard Plaza in June 2009, and within four years, opened a total of nine pubs. Ang's prostitution ring was highly organised, with monitoring cameras and "smoke rooms" that could emit smoke when clients and the prostitutes wanted to get intimate.

In passing sentence, Judge Lim said Ang played a pivotal role in this sophisticated syndicate that operated transnationally. He said Ang also benefited substantially from running this illegal enterprise, and took elaborate measures to evade detection. Ang had 189 charges taken into consideration while his wife had five.

- The Straits Times

10/11/2014

Couple made $1 million in 4 years from 9 sleazy pubs



A Singaporean pub owner and his Filipino wife earned about $1.08 million from their nine pubs within four years, between 2009 and 2013.

While this was in part because of pub owner Ang Boon Seng's efforts and experience in the industry, about 40 per cent of the earnings was made illegally by providing sexual services in his pubs, which were located in two Orchard Road buildings.

Customers could obtain oral sex among other services inside the pubs, as long as they bought a certain number of overpriced "ladies drinks" - each costing $22 to $55. Customers could also pay a "bar fine" of at least $200 to take a woman out for activities, which usually included sexual intercourse, The New Paper reported.

Ang, 40, and his wife Ylarde Anne Asuncion, a 31-year-old Singapore permanent resident, together with 17 other accomplices, procured women from the Philippines to provide these sexual services.

Asuncion would help her husband bring in the women when she returned home. When the women agreed to work as "performing artists" in the pubs, she would brief them about the job's requirements.

The women would be told that they were bound to a "debt" that needed to be fulfilled, before they could get paid. To pay off these so-called debts, the women had to provide sexual services. If they were interested, Asuncion would then arrange for them to fly to Singapore.

Some 55 women in total were employed by Ang to work in his pubs, and Ang said his profits could reach $60,000 on good months, according to The New Paper.

Managers were hired to help him run the pubs, and Ang installed closed-circuit television cameras in and around the pubs which transmitted live feeds to his office. This not only allowed him to monitor what was happening, but also enabled him to inform his managers if he spotted police officers. The managers would then tell the women to stop performing sexual acts.

Ang opened his first pub, Tokyo Drift, in Orchard Plaza in June 2009.

By August 2013, he had eight other pubs to his name - six others in Orchard Plaza and two in Cuppage Plaza. The New Paper's checks on Thursday night revealed that most, if not all of the pubs have since closed down.

Ang faces 232 charges in total, and is awaiting sentencing for abetting with others to procure women for the purpose of prostitution, abetting with others to harbour the women, and living off their immoral earnings and managing brothels.

His wife is also awaiting sentencing for six charges of procuring women for the purpose of prostitution and one count of living off immoral earnings.

They are expected to be sentenced on Monday.

- The Straits Times

10/03/2014

Student who sneaked into condo and sniffed maid's bra ordered to go for treatment

A teen who sneaked into someone else's house and sniffed a maid's bra to satisfy his underwear fetish has been ordered by a court to go for compulsory treatment.

Zach Sim Chu Hong, 18, was given a year's Mandatory Treatment Order on Friday for his "fetishistic disorder", after earlier pleading guilty to house trespass at Pine Grove condominium in Clementi on April 11. He could have been jailed for up to a year and fined $3,000 for house trespass.

Sim also has to remain indoors between 11pm and 6am. A community court conference will be held to assess the underlying reasons for his behaviour, and to come up with a treatment plan.

The court heard earlier that Sim had decided to go looking for underwear after watching pornography at his nearby HDB flat at around 2am on April 11. He entered the Pine Grove condominium by its main gate along Ulu Pandan Road and climbed into the balcony of one of the units.

Inside, he looked for family photographs to get an idea of who was living there, and went to the back of the home after spotting a picture of the 40-year-old maid.

He then entered the Filipino's room, which was not locked, and started smelling the bra, one of several items hanging on a hook. But he bumped into her bed frame and woke her up. Sim ran off but was later caught by the police.

- The Straits Times

Bangladeshi worker jailed for molesting women on MRT trains

Every time he had a day off, Bangladeshi construction worker AKM Shafiul Hasan (Shuvo) spent the entire time wandering up and down MRT trains, searching for young women to molest.

Shafiul , 26, had admitted to molesting three women between April and September this year.

A fourth offence, committed when he was out on court bail for the earlier offences, was taken into account.

On Wednesday, he was jailed for 14 months.
The court heard that on April 3, he had boarded the train at City Hall MRT station and sat next to a 21-year-old student and touched her breast.

She quickly got up from her seat and walked to the next cabin, and later reported the incident to the SMRT staff.

- The Straits Times

10/02/2014

GP charged with drugging and molesting fellow doctor

A doctor was charged in court on Thursday for giving another doctor sleeping pills and molesting him.

Tan Kok Leong, 49, a general practitioner who is licensed to perform liposuctions, faces five charges - three for using criminal force to molest the 31-year-old doctor and two for giving him Dormicum, a sleeping pill.

The alleged victim cannot be named due to a gag order.

Tan, who is one of the directors for groups of clinics under Revival International, allegedly touched the private part of the victim at Life Source Medical Centre, Novena Medical Centre, on June 6 last year.

On July 5 last year, he allegedly administered Dormicum and molested the victim at Oasia Hotel at Sinaran Drive.

The next day, he allegedly drugged the victim and molested him at the hotel.

Tan was represented by Mr Edmond Pereira, who asked for a pre-trial conference date. He is out on $10,000 bail, and is not to contact the victim nor interfere with any witnesses. His passport has been impounded.

A pre-trial conference has been set for Nov 10.

The maximum penalty for molestation is two years' jail, fine and caning.

For administering a stupefying drug, the penalty is 10 years, fine and caning.

- The Straits Times

9/20/2014

Teen gets 18 months' probation for sex with four minors

A youth who had sex with four girls he befriended on Facebook was given 18 months' probation on Friday.

Nicholas Hsu Tian Hao, 18, an Institute of Technical Education student, had faced 12 charges, including three charges of shop theft. He had pleaded guilty to four charges and had the rest taken into consideration.

The court heard last month that Hsu came to know the first victim, then 14, on Facebook in 2012. He was then 16.

Sometime in August that year, the girl went to his flat in Sims Drive. She fell asleep in his bedroom and woke up to find Hsu on top of her and trying to have sex with her,

She pushed him away initially, but eventually relented. They ended the relationship the following month.

In December that year, he came to know the second victim, then 12, also through Facebook. They chatted and met for the first time later that month.

Sometime towards the end of the month, he called her at around midnight to come over to his place. She took a taxi there and they had sex in his room. They broke up soon later.

In the case of the third victim, Hsu met the 13-year-old for the first time when he asked her to his flat in July last year. No one was at home when he had sex with her.

The court heard that Hsu stole items worth $77 with four others from Watson's at Junction 8, Bishan, on Dec 24, 2012.

The court had called for reformative training and probation reports on Hsu, who was found suitable for both.

District Judge Ng Peng Hong sentenced him to 18 months' probation, requiring him to do 150 hours of community service and remain indoors from 10pm to 6am, His parents signed a $5,000 bond to ensure his good behaviour and will attend, together with Hsu, counselling sessions to improve parenting skills. Hsu will be placed on four months of electronic monitoring.

The maximum penalty for sex with a person under 16 years old is 10 years' jail and a fine on each charge. For theft, the maximum penalty is seven years and a fine.

- The Straits Times



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