Bail offered to British trio charged with rape

Three Britons of Vietnamese descent who were charged last month with raping a 22-year-old woman in a hotel room were each offered bail of $50,000 in a District Court yesterday.

Khong Tam Thanh, 21; Le Michael; and Vu Thai Son, both 23, are accused of raping the woman at the Carlton Hotel in Bras Basah Road on Sept 10.

They were remanded at the Central Police Division after their first appearance in court on Sept 12.

Three days later, they were back in court and remanded for psychiatric assessment.

Yesterday, the prosecution sought a six-week adjournment to complete investigation, pending reports, including from the Health Sciences Authority and a medical report on the victim.

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

The trio had flown here from Britain to attend the two-day mega dance music festival Ultra Singapore.

Mr Paul told the court that the $50,000 bail set was on the high side but District Judge Christopher Goh disagreed.

The case will be mentioned again on Nov 22.

If convicted, they could be jailed for up to 20 years and be liable to a fine or to caning.

Elena Chong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2016, with the headline 'Bail offered to British trio charged with rape'. Print Edition | Subscribe