Three Britons charged with raping woman in hotel room

Khong Tam Thanh, Le Michael and Vu Thai Son have been charged with raping a woman in a hotel on Sept 10.
Khong Tam Thanh, Le Michael and Vu Thai Son have been charged with raping a woman in a hotel on Sept 10.ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - Three Britons who were charged in September with raping a 22-year-old woman in a hotel room had their case mentioned via a video link on Thursday (Oct 6).

Businessman Khong Tam Thanh, 21, Le Michael and Vu Thai Son, both 23, were charged on Sept 12 with the offence at a room in Carlton Hotel, Bras Basah Road, on Sept 10.

Thanh allegedly raped the woman between 4am and 4.25am; Michael between 4.50am and 5.05am; and Son, between 4.25am and 5.50am.

They were remanded at the Central police division, and subsequently remanded for a psychiatric assessment.

On Thursday, the prosecution sought a six-week adjournment to complete investigation, pending reports, including those from the Health Sciences Authority and the victim.

Mr Shashi Nathan is acting for Thanh while Michael and Son are represented by Mr Paul and Mr Pang Khin Wee respectively.

The trio had apparently come to Singapore for the two-day Ultra mega dance music festival. Bail of $50,000 was offered to each of them. Their passports have been impounded.

They will appear in court again on Nov 22.

If convicted, they face jail of up to 20 years and shall also be liable to fine or to caning.