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Man jailed for underage sex; victim now wife

Unusual case but accused cannot be condoned for sex with girl: Judge

Published on Dec 12, 2013 7:49 AM
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-- ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL

In what is believed to be the first case of its kind here, a Singaporean man was jailed yesterday for having sex with an underage girl who is now his wife.

District Judge Mathew Joseph said yesterday that the case was "unusual".

He said it was the first case of underage sex he has heard where the victim and accused are now a married couple.

While the judge said he was prepared to consider the case differently, he said the court did not condone the accused for having sex with the minor - who was then 15 - as the couple were not married at the time of the offence.

 
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District Judge Mathew Joseph said the case was "unusual". He said it was the first case of underage sex he has heard where the victim and accused are now a married couple. While the judge said he was prepared to consider the case differently, he said the court did not condone the accused for having sex with the minor - who was then 15 - as the couple were not married at the time of the offence.