Deliveryman jailed 20 months for having sex with 15-year-old girl

Nuzul Shamil Kassim, 24, was jailed for 20 months after pleading guilty to three counts of underage sex with a minor. PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A deliveryman, who had unprotected sex with a 15-year-old girl, wanted to hand her "abortion pills'' when he found out she was pregnant.

But before Nuzul Shamil Kassim, 24, could do so, he was arrested by the police. She underwent an abortion on her own accord.

On Friday (Feb 19), Shamil was jailed for 20 months after he pleaded guilty to three counts of underage sex with a minor at his Jalan Tenteram flat in May and July last year.

Seven other charges including one of committing an indecent act with her were taken into consideration during his sentencing.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Li Yihong told the court that the pair met through a mutual friend some time in April last year.

They exchanged contact numbers and went out with a group of mutual friends on a number of occasions.

In the first week of May, she asked him to be her "boyfriend'' but he did not agree straightaway and only did so on May 10.

Shamil later told police that he did so because he "pitied'' her. He did not wish to go public with the "relationship" and they behaved like they were ordinary friends.

Some time between May 11 and 22, he invited her to his home and he introduced her as his "girlfriend'' to his sister.

When it got late, the girl decided to stay over at Shamil's home out of convenience.

She slept on the same mattress as him, together with his younger sister and the latter's boyfriend.

While everyone was asleep, he removed her trousers and his as well while both of them were underneath a blanket. She initially tried to stop him as she was afraid others would see them but he assured her that they would not.

He had unprotected sex with her.

DPP Li said after this, she began going over to his home about once or twice a week. He initiated sex with her each time and on at least one occasion, he made her perform oral sex on him.

Shamil broke up with her on July 8. He had stated that this was because he only "liked her a bit''.

When she found out she was pregnant the following month, she told him. He told her to go for an abortion. He enlisted the help of his sister to buy "abortion pills'' but he was arrested before he could hand over the pills to her.

DPP Li said it was aggravating that Shamil had committed 10 offences over a short span of time. She also highlighted the trauma the victim had to go through with an unwanted pregnancy and how little Shamil was concerned about her welfare.

In this case, she said there was a degree of exploitation which should be a more pressing factor.

The maximum penalty for the offence is 10 years' jail and a fine.

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