SINAGPORE — Last Wednesday (November 14, 2018) a father who raped his biological teenage daughter twice in their apartment was sentenced to 26 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane.
“This is a very sad case of a daughter who was repeatedly raped by the one person in the world in whom she ought have been able to repose her trust,” said Justice Lee Seiu Kin in passing the sentence.
The 35-year-old father, a technician was convicted last month on two counts of rape.
No remorse shown, the judge said.
The judge noted that the “only redeeming feature” of the case was that no physical violence was used.
“However, against that is the fact that this is a father-daughter relationship and, in my view, betrayal of such a relationship is as aggravating as physical violence,” he added.
“He had raped his daughter in the sanctity of her bedroom and had effectively driven her out of her home.”
The father displayed no remorse at all and put his daughter, now 18, through the trauma of testifying in court in his presence, said the judge.
“All these events will affect her psychological make-up in the years ahead,” he added.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Winston Man on Wednesday called for a jail sentence of 28 years along with 24 strokes of the cane. The prosecutor said the man had abused the trust of his daughter, who was in a particularly vulnerable position.
“The (man’s) actions gave rise to dire repercussions for the victim’s life – she is now estranged from her family and forced to live apart from them,” said Man.
Background to the case
Right after a trial that stretched over 10 months, the man was convicted in October on two counts of raping his then 14-year-old daughter.
The first offence took place on 19 November 2014. While the daughter was changing in the flat’s common toilet, her father forced himself inside and raped her.
Less than two months later, on 9 January 2015, the daughter was heading into the master bedroom to retrieve her phone when her father grabbed her and carried her to the bedroom which she shared with her younger sister. He raped his daughter after covering her face with her blanket.
The girl testified during the trial that there were also six other occasions that her father had allegedly raped her while she was sleeping. However, the father was not charged for these alleged offences.
For each rape charge, the father could have received a jail sentence of up to 20 years, along with a fine or caning.