The Straits Times
Published on Sep 06, 2012

Man sentenced to 19 years in jail for raping niece


A packer who raped his niece five times over a three-year period was sentenced to 19 years' jail on Thursday.

The married father of two pleaded guilty to two counts of raping the girl at his flat in 2006 when she was 10. Three years later, when she was 13, he did it again.

A district court heard that the girl's mother had left them when she was only nine. The victim and her older sister stayed with their father.

Sometime in 2006, he went to her school and picked her up on his motorcycle. He took her to his flat, locked her in his bedroom, and raped her. She was too young to know what the accused had done to her, the court heard.