Online vice ring: Business consultant's case adjourned to July

Business consultant Edward Whistler Goh accused of having commercial sex with a minor on two occasions closed his case on Tuesday. The 50-year-old bachelor is the second man to have been tried for paying for the social escort's sexual services at Hotel 81 Bencoolen on Sept 29, 2010, and at his former home in Telok Kurau on Oct 24 the same year. He is said to have paid her $450 and about $400 respectively.

Goh is among 51 men who were arrested - 18 of whom have since been convicted and jailed - for having paid sex with the same girl. Now 20, she was below 18 then. Goh's defence is that he did not have sex with the escort but still paid her. On the first occasion he said he and the escort were in the hotel room when there was a police raid. Hence, no sexual intercourse took place as he was not in the mood for it after the raid. He said he handed over $450 to her in his car when he gave her a lift to Bugis Junction.

The prosecution put to him that his evidence that he gave the minor a lift because he wanted to take her away form the hotel was a lie. Goh claimed that he could not have an erection when the escort came to his penthouse on Oct 24. But he still gave her $500, including transport. But the prosecution's case is that Goh booked the services of the escort on Sept 29 and Oct 24, 2010, and paid her for having sex with him each time.

Both defence and prosecution will tender written submissions by June 24. District Judge Jasbendar Kaur adjourned the case to July 5. If convicted, Goh could be jailed for up to seven years and/or fined on each charge.

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