SINGAPORE – A man who sexually tortured his girlfriend after she allegedly stole items belonging to him was jailed for 13 years, seven months and 92 days on Monday, October 4.
In addition to his prison sentence, the 32-year-old unemployed was sentenced to 12 strokes with a cane.
The accused and his cousin, a 33-year-old man working as a packer, rained down physical abuse on the victim, then 27, until she agreed to pay them compensation for the allegedly stolen items , among which a power bank and an e-scooter.
The accused then threatened to beat his girlfriend until she agreed to the sexual torture, which involved inserting two objects – a whiteboard marker and a cylindrical battery – into her private parts. The battery was housed inside and could not be removed by medical personnel until later.
The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to sexual assault by penetration and in order to facilitate the offense, putting the victim in fear of death. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal intimidation against his uncle in an unrelated incident. Eight other counts, including sexual assault, wrongful forcible confinement and injury, were considered in sentencing.
The accused man had previously been released from prison and was facing a remission for violence against his ex-girlfriend, who later died as a result of the brutal assault in 2016. The remission period of The man’s sentence was factored into his prison sentence.
Beaten victim for alleged theft
The man, his cousin and the victim cannot be named to protect his identity. All three shared an apartment with the accused’s mother in western Singapore during the time of the offenses against her in November 2018.
The man accused her of stealing several of her belongings on the morning of November 19, 2018. The accused and his cousin then slapped and kicked the woman before knocking her to the ground by his shirt.
The accused lacerated her head with his watch while the abuse tore her shirt, revealing her bra. They then kicked her in the stomach and slapped her until the woman agreed to pay $ 300 in compensation to her bank account. The three then went to the bedroom, apparently so that the two men could clean the blood from her face. However, the accused then cut the woman’s hair with a pair of scissors.
The accused then threatened to beat the woman to death, unless she put objects into her body. He had wanted to punish her for the alleged theft.
Fearful, the woman complied and the man sexually tortured her while her cousin sat on the bed and watched. When the woman complained of severe pain, the accused told her to remove the objects. However, she was unable to remove the battery.
The men then passed him face powder and lipstick, as well as a jacket and scarf to cover his wounds.
On November 19, 2018, the two men accompanied the woman to a bank branch so that the woman could withdraw money as compensation.
When the two men discovered the victim’s back account was empty, they pursued a volley of beatings on the victim at a nearby bus stop. The two also forcibly removed her jacket, exposing her bra.
The woman shouted for help and another woman, who was driving by with her husband, asked her to sound the horn to the group as she called the police. Police who responded to the incident subsequently arrested the two men.
The victim was taken to hospital where she was treated for lacerations and bruises. The battery was removed from his body. She was then hospitalized for four days.
“Adjustment disorder”: defense lawyer
The accused was granted a postponement from March 26 to December 23, 2018 after being released from prison for willfully causing injury and criminal intimidation and for failing to report a death. This offense involved the accused brutally assaulting his then girlfriend, who ultimately died.
On the night of September 15, 2016, the accused, angry with his then girlfriend, punched her in the body and hit her with a belt and hangers for about two hours.
The victim’s physical condition deteriorated after the assault, but the accused did not see a doctor for her for fear of being discovered. The victim died about 40 minutes after the beatings, but his body was not found until September 22, 2016, in an advanced state of decomposition.
The prosecution sentenced the accused to 13 years, eight months and 12 strokes while his lawyer Vigneesh Nainar asked for twelve and a half years in prison and the same strokes for his client.
Vigneesh said his client suffered from adjustment disorders after trying to adjust to life after prison.
In convicting the accused, Judge Dedar Singh Gill pointed out the similarities of the present case to the 2016 man-made offense.
This showed the accused’s callous attitude towards the victim’s suffering, similar to the current prosecution, the judge said.
“I hope this sentence will make the accused think and adopt a straight path, a path where he does not resort to violence when he is angry. A path that does not cause harm and misery to the people in his life and to himself, ”said the judge.
The accused’s cousin had already been jailed for 12 months for his role in this incident.
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