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

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
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.

One afternoon in July 2010, Sivakumar approached the victim and her boyfriend, who were being intimate in a car at a Woodlands multi-storey carpark. He threatened to charge them with engaging in sexual activity and littering, as the boyfriend had thrown out a condom. He then told gave them two options: go with him to a police station or have the boyfriend leave while he drove the girl home. While driving her home, he pressured her into having sex with him in the back street of his car along Tampines Industrial Avenue 4.