Turning family home to a torture zone, a man in Singapore raped and sexually abused his young daughter over seven years, when his wife had gone for work. The abuse started when the girl was merely seven.
The court heard that the man was self-employed and was 38 when he first began the crimes against his biological daughter. Leaving his younger daughter in the living room watching he first raped her between 2010 and 2011, when his wife was out for work by taking her to the master bedroom to ‘massage her’. He molested her before raping her, and the girl complied with his demands as she was afraid that he would scold her if she did not.
The girl who was too young to know or understand the nature of the acts, was made subject to her father’s own perverse sexual gratification. The girl felt pain when she urinated afterwards, but her father told her not to tell her mother or anyone else about what happened. Before this incident, he had shown his daughter pornographic videos on his phone, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Jane Lim. Between 2010 and 2017, he also sexually abused the victim in other ways that were captured in the charges taken into consideration.
It was only when she was nine that she began to realise that her father’s actions were sexual in nature and wrong. It was On Dec 23, 2017, that she revealed this to her mother, who took her to a police station the next day to report the crime.
“The man’s wife and daughter have forgiven him” the defense lawyer claimed. To this, Ms Lim replied that it did not lessen the gravity of the crime, citing a previous judgment that stated that any forgiveness by a victim should not have an effect on the sentence itself. She referred to this as a clear abuse of trust in this case, with the man “completely robbing” the girl of her innocence and subjecting her to repeated sexual abuse in her own home.
Ms Lim asked for 30 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane for the man, who had no previous convictions. Defence lawyer Daniel Atticus Xu asked instead for 26 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane, saying that his client had not used force or threats against the victim. There was also no pregnancy nor STDs, he added.
The 48-year-old man was sentenced on Thursday (Aug 20) to 28 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane, after pleading guilty to three charges of aggravated statutory rape. What may have started as an “opportunistic crime” turned into a pattern of offending, with the man sexually grooming his daughter and desensitizing her by showing her porn and repeatedly telling her not to speak about the incident.