Three jailed for sexual acts with 13-year-old girl

Three construction workers were jailed yesterday for performing consensual sexual acts on the same 13-year-old student on May 2, 2016.

Gill Gurjant Singh, 25, and Surjeet Singh, 29, were each sentenced to 15 months' jail for having sex with the underage girl. They did so within hours of each other on the same day.

Jugraj Singh, 33, was jailed for eight months for committing an indecent act on the Singaporean minor. All three men are Indian nationals.

Surjeet and Gurjant first met the girl on May 1 in Little India, where she was hanging out with her friends.

At about 10pm that day, Gurjant went to a nearby pub with her group before leaving the nightspot with her about eight hours later.

He and the girl then checked into a room at the Royal India Hotel in Syed Alwi Road, where they had sexual intercourse. They checked out later, at around 9am, before going their separate ways.

Instead of going home, the girl remained in Little India, where she met Surjeet.

The pair checked into a room at Taipei Hotel in Lorong 8 Geylang at around 7pm, where they had unprotected sex.

They checked out at around 8.45pm and took a taxi back to Little India. There, they parted ways.

While she was back in Little India, she met Gurjant again. This time, he was with Jugraj.

The trio checked into a room at Taipei Hotel at around 11pm where Jugraj performed an indecent act on her.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Jesintha Veijayaratnam said: "Gill Gurjant Singh was lying on the same bed on the other side of the victim and witnessed the accused kissing and hugging the victim in the nude before he fell asleep."

The trio checked out at about 11.45pm that day.

The girl's mother called the police for help at around 8.15pm on May 3 and an investigation uncovered the teenager's involvement with the three men.

Offenders convicted of having consensual sexual intercourse with a minor below 14 years old can be jailed for up to 20 years and fined or caned.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2018, with the headline 'Three jailed for sexual acts with 13-year-old girl'. Print Edition | Subscribe