30 months' jail for man who infected girl, 13, with sex diseases

A 24-year-old man who had unprotected sex with a 13-year-old girl on multiple occasions, passing on sexually transmitted diseases to her, was jailed for 30 months yesterday.
A 24-year-old man who had unprotected sex with a 13-year-old girl on multiple occasions, passing on sexually transmitted diseases to her, was jailed for 30 months yesterday.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

Girl's godfather, also in jail for statutory rape, gave accused permission to have sex with her

A 24-year-old man who had unprotected sex with a 13-year-old girl on multiple occasions, passing on sexually transmitted diseases to her, was jailed for 30 months yesterday.

Abdul Rashid Mohamed Sam pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual penetration of a minor. Another seven counts were taken into consideration for sentencing.

The offences took place between October 2013 and January last year. At the time, Abdul Rashid was 22 and working as a petrol kiosk pump attendant.

He got to know the girl through a 42-year-old cobbler who told him that he could have sex with her.

The cobbler, Terence Ng Kean Meng, was the girl's godfather.

He got to know the girl through a 42-year-old cobbler who told him that he could have sex with her.

Ng was sentenced to 14 years in prison and 14 strokes of the cane in May, after he admitted to three counts of statutory rape and penetrating the girl with his finger.

A few days after Abdul Rashid was introduced to the girl, he asked her to be his girlfriend.

She agreed and met him at the void deck of an HDB block in the Holland Close area the same day.

While at the void deck, the two began hugging and kissing.

At about 1am, they went to a sports court, partially undressed themselves, and had unprotected sexual intercourse.

Abdul Rashid's offences came to light when the girl was taken by her secondary school teachers to lodge a police report last February.

She was referred by the police for a medical examination, and tested positive for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Police investigations revealed that Abdul Rashid sought and received medical treatment at the Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections Control Clinic in 2011 as well as on May 14 last year.

He tested positive for both infections in February 2011, and for chlamydia in October 2011, December 2011 and May last year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2015, with the headline '30 months' jail for man who infected girl, 13, with sex diseases'. Print Edition | Subscribe