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Unemployed father of seven who raped and sexually assaulted his daughter receives 16 years in prison and caning

SINGAPORE – While being intimate with her husband, a woman heard him say the name of one of her daughters.

Later, when the 15-year-old girl told her mother that her father had sexually abused her, the woman believed her because of what happened earlier.

On May 3, the unemployed 47-year-old was sentenced to 16 years in prison and 18 lashes by the High Court after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault by penetration.

Six other charges were taken into account (two for rape and four for indecent assault).

Deputy Public Prosecutor Shamini Joseph told the court the couple and their seven children lived in a one-bedroom apartment.

The mother worked in a bakery and supported the family financially, while the man worked odd jobs and usually stayed late drinking with his friends.

He slept on a sofa in the living room, while the woman slept in the bedroom with the children.

The man began sexually abusing the victim – his second oldest child – in 2018, when she was 11 or 12 years old.

He raped her for the first time on October 7, 2021, when she was 15 years old.

That morning, after the woman left for work, the man asked the victim’s younger sister to go to school.

The 12-year-old protested and was told she had to stay home for home learning.

But the man insisted she leave the apartment even after she called her school counselor to explain the situation to her father.

The victim’s older sister, who was 16, advised the 12-year-old to go to his mother’s work. Then the two girls left the apartment.

Their departure left the victim alone in the bedroom with her younger siblings, who were seven years old or younger.

The man summoned the victim to the salon, but she refused to go, knowing that he would sexually assault her, as he had done on several occasions.

He then took her out of the bedroom and raped her on the couch.

After the attack, he took a shower with her. The victim collided with her seven-year-old sister as she was leaving the bathroom.