12/04/2008

Girl drunk after party game as man molested her and his friend raped her

AFTER becoming so drunk at a friend's party last September that she passed out, a 19-year-old girl was molested by one man and raped by another.

When she awoke later, the girl burst into tears and told her boyfriend, who had been in the next room, what had happened.

She was then taken to Changi General Hospital for a check-up and a police report was lodged.

Yesterday, the two men, now both 22, were sentenced in a district court. They cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the victim.

According to court documents, the girl had gone to a party on Sept 21, at a friend's flat, where she planned to meet her boyfriend, who was also invited.

The couple kept to themselves at first. It was only later that they joined the host and two of his friends for a card game in which the loser of each round had to drink from a glass of whisky.

The girl soon became drunk and, at her boyfriend's suggestion, went to a bedroom to sleep.

In the wee hours of the following morning, the two men with whom the girl and her boyfriend had played cards entered the bedroom to look for a missing mobile phone earpiece.

They carried out their acts after closing the door behind them.

Tears streamed down both men's faces yesterday as they stood together in the dock.

The man who was found guilty of molesting the girl received 10 months' jail and three strokes of the cane. He could have been jailed for up to two years and received more strokes of the cane.

The man's lawyer, Mr Tan Cheow Hung, had urged the court to consider giving his client 'brownie points' for telling the other man who raped her to stop what he was doing.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Kiat Pheng stressed that he should not be given a lesser punishment just because he had stopped the other man.

'The hurt had already been done to the victim,' he said.

The rapist was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail and six strokes of the cane. He could have been jailed for up to 10 years and received more strokes of the cane.

Pleading for leniency, Mr S.S. Dhillon, the lawyer representing the rapist, told the court that his client, who is married with two children, stopped what he was doing 'on his own accord'.

However, District Judge Jill Tan said that he had initiated the lewd acts against the victim.

'What began as inappropriate physical contact with her progressed to rape, an undeniably abhorrent offence,' said Judge Tan.

- The Straits Times



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