SINGAPORE - A 23-year-old man had sex with a 14-year-old girl he had just met, a court heard.
Mohammad Khairulsabirrin Haris, who pleaded guilty to one of two charges, was jailed for 10 months on Thursday (Nov 19) for having sex with the girl on Oct 31 last year.
Assistant Public Prosecutor Daniel Marini told the court that the girl had gone to Changi Beach at about 7am that day.
Khairulsabirrin, who was then in a shelter along the beach with his father, invited her to join them.
While chatting with the victim, he learnt that she was a Secondary 3 student. They chatted until about 4pm before she decided to go home.
Khairulsabirrin offered to send her off. When they arrived at a handicapped toilet, he suggested going into the cubicle and she agreed.
He then committed the offence. They remained there for about 30 minutes to an hour and then went their separate ways.
The offence came to light when the victim's aunt lodged a police report last December stating that the victim had been talking about sex with unknown persons on Facebook.
Khairulsabirrin had unrelated convictions. He was last sentenced to six months' jail in January last year for resisting arrest and four weeks for impersonating a public servant.
Pleading for leniency, Khairulsabirrin said he had completed an architectural design course at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) and did not want to waste his future.
His sentence was backdated to his remand on Oct 21.
He could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined for sexual penetration of a minor.