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Britons rape trial: Second accused also says woman consented to sex

SINGAPORE: The second of three British men accused of gang-raping a Malaysian woman at Carlton Hotel in Singapore last year said the 22-year-old did not resist. In fact, “she was very sexually aroused”, Vu Thai Son said in a statement to police on Sep 11, 2016 read out in court on Friday (Aug 4). Vu, 24, said he had gone into his friend Richard Ahn’s room to brush his teeth. CCTV footage showed Vu entering the room at about 4.25am. According to Vu, the woman had asked him “what (are)Read More

India court hears 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion plea

India’s Supreme Court has ordered doctors to examine a pregnant 10-year-old rape victim whose parents want permission for her to abort her baby. The child is reported to be 26 weeks pregnant and doctors say her body is not developed enough to carry a baby. Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors confirm the mother’s life is in danger. The girl alleges she was raped several times in the past seven months by her uncle, who has been arrested. Her pregnancy was only recently discovered whenRead More

Thai court charges disgraced ‘jet-set monk’ with rape

BANGKOK: A Thai court charged a disgraced former monk on Thursday (Jul 20) with the rape of an underage girl, fraud and money laundering, after he was extradited from the United States. Thailand is an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation with around 300,000 men in orange robes, but the clergy are beset by high-profile scandals. Wiraphon Sukphon, 37, was arrested on arrival at Bangkok’s main airport late Wednesday from the US where he established an unofficial Buddhist teaching centre after fleeing Thailand in 2013. He faces a total of five charges, includingRead More

Construction supervisor gets 11 years’ jail, 9 strokes for rape

A woman who had never left China was looking forward to her very first overseas holiday – to be with her husband who was working here. But nine days into her stay, the 44-year-old was raped by a co-tenant, a Bangladeshi construction supervisor. Yesterday, Hossain Anowar, 32, was sentenced to 11 years’ jail and nine strokes of the cane for raping her on Feb 29 last year. He initially denied it, claiming he had paid for sex. But on the second day of trial, he pleaded guilty after she was cross-examined.Read More

Man jailed, caned for attempted rape of tourist at Choa Chu Kang Park

SINGAPORE: She said “no” and put up a struggle, but Indian national Daler Singh paid no mind to the victim’s pleas. He pinned her to the ground and forced himself on her. The 29-year-old Indonesian tourist could not escape, but managed to stop Singh from raping her by covering her private parts with her hands. Singh, a construction worker, was sentenced to four years and nine months’ jail and four strokes of the cane on Tuesday (Jul 11) for attempted rape. The victim, who used to work in Singapore asRead More

MacRitchie Reservoir rape: Construction worker gets 17 years’ jail for raping hiker

SINGAPORE: Bangladeshi construction worker Pramanik Liton was on Friday (May 19) sentenced to 17 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane for raping a hiker at MacRitchie Reservoir Park in 2015. Liton, 24, was convicted of four charges, including two counts of aggravated rape, one count of sexual assault by penetration and one count of abduction for illicit intercourse. Another two charges were taken into consideration. Prosecutors had sought a jail term of at least 20 years and 24 strokes. The construction worker had left his dormitory on the morningRead More

India convicts police, doctors in gangrape case during Gujarat riots when Modi was chief

MUMBAI (AFP) – An Indian court on Thursday (May 4) convicted five police officers and two doctors of tampering with evidence in the gang rape of a pregnant woman and the murder of her family during one of the worst incidents of religious unrest since independence. Ms Bilkis Bano was gang raped and seven of her relatives were killed during religious riots that broke out in the western state of Gujarat in 2002. At least 2,000 Muslims were hacked, beaten, shot or burnt to death in the violence, which eruptedRead More

Man convicted of raping partygoer on Sentosa beach

SINGAPORE – A 26-year-old former Sentosa beach patrol officer was on Monday (July 18) convicted of raping and sexually assaulting a drunk partygoer on Siloso Beach. The High Court found that the prosecution had proved its case against Pram Nair – on one charge each of rape and sexual assault – beyond a reasonable doubt. He will be sentenced at a later date. The woman, then a relief teacher, was attending a party at Wave House, a club and restaurant located at the beach with a female friend on theRead More