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Former girlfriend of online vice ring pimp gets reformative training

Published on Mar 10, 2014 1:48 PM

The former girlfriend of an online vice ring pimp was on Monday sentenced to reformative training for her involvement in offences relating to his business - including abetting clients to have sex with a 16-year-old, and living on prostitutes' earnings.

Veronica Patricia Rio, 19, also beat up the minor one night in 2012 with then boyfriend Malcolm Graham Head when she returned late to Rio's home.

Together with Head and three others, Rio - then pregnant with his child - assaulted a French client at his Marina Bay Residences unit the following (2013) March after a dispute over the type of sexual service to be given, leaving him with a broken jaw and a black eye.

On Monday, District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim sentenced Rio to reformative training - a strict regime for offenders below age 21 who will undergo structured rehabilitation programmes - after she pleaded guilty last month to 15 charges, with another 24 taken into consideration.

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