Man gets 12 years’ jail, caning for sexually assaulting girlfriend’s teen daughter with special needs
The 35-year-old divorcee showed the 13-year-old girl a lit gas lighter and threatened to pour acid on her if she said anything about the sexual assault.
After smoking some methamphetamine, a divorcee tried to have sex with his girlfriend. Dissatisfied with her response, he turned to her 13-year-old special needs daughter instead.
He squeezed her breast and sexually assaulted her, showing her a lit gas lighter and threatening to pour acid on her if she said anything about it.
The 35-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years' jail and 15 strokes of the cane in the High Court on Friday (Nov 8). He pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual assault by penetration of a minor, aggravated molestation of a minor and drug consumption.
None of them can be named due to a court gag order to protect the identity of the girl, who is now aged 16.
IGNORED PLEAS TO STOP
The court heard that he began dating the girl’s mother in 2015, before moving into her Sembawang flat. The victim and her younger sister lived there too.
The man’s son from his previous marriage sometimes stayed there as well.
In the wee hours of March 28, 2017, he smoked methamphetamine and tried twice to have sex with his girlfriend, but did not like her response to him each time.
When she left for work around 7am later that morning, he took more drugs and began repairing a bicycle in the bedroom. At about 10am, the girl came into the room to retrieve her school bag.
He closed the door behind them, locked it and took out a handheld gas lighter. He turned up the flame and held it up in a threatening manner, telling her to keep this to herself or he would splash acid on her.
She began to cry and slumped down onto the ground with her back against the wall.
Seizing the opportunity, he unbuttoned her school uniform blouse and reached inside to squeeze her breasts, ignoring her pleas for him to stop.
He then sexually assaulted her, only stopping eventually when she said several times that she was late for school and needed to leave. She put on her clothes and left.
DENIED ANY WRONGDOING
Later that evening, the girl asked her mother if they could leave the house together the next day.
The older woman was taken aback by the request, as she would leave for work early in the mornings while the girl only attended school in the afternoon.
The next morning, the girl woke up before her mother left for work and began to cry as the woman was about to leave. Sensing that the girl was afraid of something, she took leave that day to stay home with her.
It was only the next morning that the girl finally confided in her mother about what the man had done. The woman confronted her boyfriend immediately, but he denied it.
She then took her daughter to the Sembawang Neighbourhood Police Centre to make a police report. He was arrested later that day.
In mitigation, the man’s lawyer — Ms Sadhana Rai from Law Society Pro Bono Services — said that he was no longer in a relationship with the victim’s mother. “He therefore has no access to the child and is in no position to have a similar thing happen again,” she added.
Ms Sadhana also told the court that he had been “extremely cooperative” with the authorities from the beginning, and it was a “one-off incident”. There was no evidence that he suffers from paedophilia as well.
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