Jail, caning for father of three who raped woman after party

A father of three who raped a woman he met at a New Year's Eve party was sentenced to nine years' jail and six strokes of the cane yesterday.
A father of three who raped a woman he met at a New Year's Eve party was sentenced to nine years' jail and six strokes of the cane yesterday.PHOTO: ST FILE

He left wife and children sleeping in chalet while he went after victim

A father of three who raped a woman he met at a New Year's Eve party was sentenced to nine years' jail and six strokes of the cane yesterday.

Removal man Muhammad Farhan Mohamed Buan, 30, had attended the party at a chalet at D'Kranji Farm Resort with his wife and three children. But as the party wound down in the early hours of Jan 1 last year, he left his family sleeping inside the chalet and went in pursuit of the victim, who had gone to a pavilion outside to rest.

Farhan, who was then 28, struck up a conversation with the single mother, then 30. He asked her for sex after she took a few puffs of his cigarette, but she told him to go back to his wife and children.

He then forcibly kissed her and pulled down his trousers to expose himself to her.

Feeling insulted, the woman scolded him and said she was leaving.

Farhan offered her $10 for the taxi fare. He also offered to walk her out, telling her that it was not safe for her to walk alone along the road outside the resort.

At about 6am, at the junction of Neo Tiew Road and Neo Tiew Lane 2, which was heavily forested, Farhan handed the woman $10. He then told her he heard voices coming from the nearby bushes and suggested they take a look together.

When the woman rebuffed him, he grabbed her and pulled her towards the dense foliage by the side of the road. He picked the woman up, jumped across a large drain and threw her on the grass.

He raped her as she was trying to pick herself off the ground.

After raping the woman, he gave her another $15 and told her not to tell anyone. He dressed himself and walked back to the resort, leaving her half naked in the darkness.

She dressed and walked back to the road, where she waved down a taxi driver who had just dropped off a passenger. The cabby called the police immediately after she told him she had been raped.

While waiting for the police, the victim saw Farhan walking along Neo Tiew Lane 2 and pointed him out to the cabby, who slowly trailed him. Meanwhile, Farhan ran back to the chalet. On seeing him in a dishevelled state, his wife asked him what had happened. He cried and asked for her forgiveness, telling her he had just done something wrong. He was arrested shortly after.

Yesterday, he pleaded guilty in the High Court to one charge of rape and one of insulting the woman's modesty by exposing himself. A third charge of sexual penetration was considered.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kavita Uthrapathy sought 10 to 12 years' jail and six to 12 strokes of the cane, arguing that Farhan's actions were "deliberated". But his assigned lawyer, Ms Sadhana Rai, sought seven years' jail and no more than six strokes. She argued that his offences were not premeditated.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2016, with the headline 'Jail, caning for father of three who raped woman after party'. Print Edition | Subscribe