Man accused of sex attacks on two teenage girls

SINGAPORE - A man was charged with a string of sex offences on Tuesday for alleged attacks on two teenage girls.

Mohd Ariffan Mohd Hassan, 54, is accused of two counts of raping a girl and two of molesting her. He is said to have first molested the girl when she was just 15, after confining her in a truck cabin in a forested area of Punggol in March 2009.

In June the following year he allegedly abused her twice at a flat. The two alleged rapes are said to have taken place in January 2010 and a year later.

He is also alleged to have molested another victim. who was under 14 at the time, by wrongfully restraining her in the same truck sometime between March and June 2010.

It is not clear how the victims are related to Ariffan.

Ariffan is represented by lawyer S. S. Dhillon.

The prosecution sought four weeks to finalise investigations.

Bail of $60,000 was offered and his case will be mentioned again on Jan 20.

If convicted of molesting a person under 14 and causing wrongful restraint, he could be jailed for between three and 10 years.

The maximum penalty for sexual penetration is 20 years' jail; and for rape, 20 years and a fine. No caning will be imposed as he is over 50.