In 2017, a 35-year-old Singaporean man sexually assaulted his girlfriend's 13-year-old daughter, who has special needs, after his girlfriend rejected his sexual advances twice.
The man, who cannot be named due to a gag order, locked the girl in a bedroom, and threatened to splash acid on her before molesting and sexually assaulting her.
He was sentenced to 12 years' jail and 15 strokes of the cane on Nov. 8, CNA reports.
Dissatisfied with his girlfriend's response
In 2015, the man got into a relationship with the victim's mother, and later moved in with the victim's mother and her family.
According to court documents, the man is a divorcee with a son, and was unemployed at the time of his offence.
In 2017, sometime between the night of Mar. 27 and the early hours of Mar. 28, the man smoked methamphetamine, also known as "Ice", and tried to initiate sex with his girlfriend twice.
However, he was dissatisfied with her response to his advances.
Subsequently, the woman left for work between 6am and 7am, leaving the man alone with his son and her daughter.
The man smoked meth again, before approaching the 13-year-old victim as she was preparing for school.
Around 10am, when the girl entered the bedroom in search for her school bag, the man locked the bedroom door and threatened her with a handheld gas lighter, which he turned on.
He also told her not to tell anyone, or he would splash acid on her.
When the victim started crying, the man unbuttoned her blouse and molested her, ignoring her pleas for him to stop.
He then removed the victim's clothes and sexually assaulted her, only stopping after the victim told him repeatedly that she was late for school and needed to leave.
After he let her go, she dressed herself and left for school.
The victim's mother found her behaviour strange
On the same day, sometime at night, the victim approached her mother and requested to leave the house with her mother the next day.
The woman found the victim's behaviour strange, as the woman normally leaves for work very early in the morning, while the victim only had school in the afternoon.
On the following morning, the victim began crying badly at her mother, as the woman was about to leave for work.
Sensing that her daughter appeared to be afraid of something, the woman took leave to stay with her.
Two days after the incident, on Mar. 30, 2017, the 13-year-old informed her mother about what the man did to her.
The woman immediately confronted her boyfriend, but he lied that he did nothing to the victim.
Not believing him, the woman brought her daughter to Sembawang Neighbourhood Police Centre to lodge a police report against the man.
The man was arrested by the police later on the same day, and tested positive for meth.
The man pleaded guilty to several charges, including sexual penetration of a minor below 14, using criminal force to outrage a minor's modesty, wrongful confinement of a minor, and drug offences.
"Genuine remorse" shown
According to CNA, the prosecution asked for at least 13 years' jail and 15 strokes of the cane, pointing out that there was exploitation of "an exceptionally vulnerable victim" and the use of threat and violence.
However, the defence argued that the victim was "not materially younger" than the stipulated age of 14 in the charge, and said it was a "one-off incident" with "no repeated pattern of offending."
He also said that his client has shown "genuine remorse", and added that the man is no longer in a relationship with the victim's mother, so he is "not in any position to have a similar incident happen again."
In response, the prosecutor brought up the fact that the victim has special needs, and said that he was "surprised at how the defence has tried to downplay that (the victim) has special needs."
He also added that the man's girlfriend had trusted him enough to leave her daughter with him, and that he was the only adult man in the household.
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