SINGAPORE - A man was looking for potential targets to rob near Thomson Road when he saw a teenage girl using her mobile phone and decided to follow her.
Full-time national serviceman Radin Rizwan Radin Rosman, 24, quickened his footsteps and tried to take the 18-year-old's phone along Gardenia Road, Adelphi Park Estate, on Nov 27 in 2015.
When she struggled and shouted for help, Radin used his right arm to choke her. She fainted.
Two sisters who were at home heard the shouts for help. They ran towards the direction of the victim's shouts and saw Radin strangling the girl from the back.
One of the sisters decided to seek help from their father.
When Radin realised that the sisters were approaching, he fled from the scene. He was subsequently apprehended.
The victim was taken to hospital for injuries to her scalp, neck and left collarbone. An X-ray of her neck and cervical spine also showed abnormal curvature of the spine.
On Tuesday (July 26), Radin was given the mandatory minimum of five years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane for trying to rob the victim and strangling her during the attempt. He pleaded guilty.
His lawyer Cheryl Ng, a Criminal Legal Aid Scheme Fellow, said in mitigation that Radin committed the offence out of desperation as he needed money for food.
He could have been jailed for up to 20 years and caned for the offence.