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Aircraft technician jailed 12 years and given 12 strokes for raping teenager in backseat of car

Published on Aug 23, 2013 1:51 PM
 
Sivakumar Selvarajah posed as a policeman in a bid to pressure a 16-year-old girl into having sex with him. The 41-year-old aircraft technician was on Friday jailed for 12 years and given 12 strokes of the cane. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ZAOBAO

A 41-year-old aircraft technician, who raped a teenager in the backseat of his car in broad daylight, was on Friday jailed for 12 years and given 12 strokes of the cane.

Sivakumar Selvarajah was convicted in the High Court of raping the girl, but cleared of impersonating a police officer to get her alone with him in the vehicle.

He is appealing both conviction and sentence, and is out on bail which will be raised from $40,000 to $80,000 in light of his conviction.

Asking for leniency, his lawyer Foo Cheow Ming said Sivakumar, who was also convicted on two other charges, had not acted violently. But Justice Choo Han Teck granted prosecutors' request for a punishment of 12 years' jail and 12 strokes.

 
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