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Man gets seven years and nine strokes for raping 8-year-old cousin

Published on Jan 29, 2014 11:18 AM

A 31-year-old man was handed a deterrent sentence of seven years' jail and nine strokes of the cane for raping his then eight-year-old cousin 14 years ago.

The victim, now 22, had kept quiet about the rape for more than a decade before going to the police in 2011.

District Judge Siva Shanmugam said a deterrent sentence was needed. "The accused had abused his position of trust in taking advantage of a very young victim. The offences were pre-meditated and the accused had exhibited a pattern of offending as seen in the additional charges which were taken into consideration for the purpose of sentencing,'' he said.

The accused, who was unrepresented, had admitted to raping the girl at a staircase landing of an HDB block in 1999. He was then 17 and unemployed. He raped her on two other occasions the same year and these charges were considered during sentencing.

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