SINGAPORE — A father who raped his daughter and forced his teenage
son to have sex with the mother when she was drunk was sentenced on
Monday (Oct 4) to 29 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane.
The father, now aged 41, had committed many sexual acts against his
daughter for six years, starting from when she was nine years old.
Prosecutors called the case “unprecedented in its complete and
perverse desecration of all familial ties” and said that the father
committed “abhorrent” acts against all three of his immediate family
The man pleaded guilty to three charges — one count of aggravated
sexual assault by penetration of his daughter who was a minor under
14, one count of aggravated statutory rape of his daughter, and one
count of sexual assault by penetration by forcing his son to
sexually penetrate the mother.
The man cannot be named due to a court order protecting the identity
of his wife and children. He worked as a sound technician before his
Thirteen similar charges of serious sexual offences against his
three family members and one charge of possessing 284 obscene videos
were taken into consideration during sentencing by Justice Dedar
The court heard that during the year-end school holidays in 2015,
when the man’s daughter was 11 years old and in Primary 5, he went
into his daughter’s room and told her to wash her private parts.
They were both alone in their flat in Sembawang at the time.
His daughter knew what was coming because the man had performed
sexual acts on her when she was nine years old, the prosecution
She complied because she was scared of him.
When she returned to the room, he sexually assaulted her.
Two years later, around September 2017 when the man’s daughter was
13 years old, he entered her room and again told her to wash
The man had been drinking in the flat at the time.
He sexually assaulted her again and then raped her without
protection, telling her to tolerate the pain.
On several occasions, the daughter confided in her brother about
what the father was doing to her.
Although her brother advised her not to give in to their father, he
was so worried about being beaten by the father as well as the ruin
it would bring to his family’s reputation that he dared not tell
anyone else about the sexual assaults.
The daughter also did not tell the mother about it because he was
afraid that it would cause her parents to quarrel, which would
probably end up in her mother getting hurt.
FORCED SON TO RAPE MOTHER
Sometime in 2018, the man was drinking beer and liquor with his wife
in their bedroom when his wife got drunk and fell asleep.
The man then told his son, who was around 15 or 16 years old and
playing console games at the time, to follow him into the bedroom.
They had moved to a flat in Woodlands at the time.
When the son entered, he saw his mother on the bed, lying half-naked
from the waist down.
The man told the son to have sex with her but the son refused.
Afraid of getting beat up by his hot-tempered father, who would
often punch or kick him, the son eventually complied after the
father got angry and raised his voice.
The son closed his eyes and tried to obey his father's instructions.
At one point, his father even physically assisted the act with his
DISCOVERY OF OFFENCES
In 2019, when the daughter was in Secondary 3 and attended a talk in
school about unprotected sex and sexually transmitted diseases, she
began to realise that it was wrong for her father to have sex with
She felt very disgusted, the prosecution said, and cried on several
occasions when the man tried to have sex with her.
The man, however, told his daughter that he had sex with her only
because he was afraid she would have sex with other boys.
“He thought that if she wanted to have sex, it should be with him
instead of any outsiders,” the DPPs said.
On Nov 1 in 2019, the daughter got scared when she felt her father
wanted to make sexual advances on her.
She stayed in her room and cried until her mother left for work. She
then headed to her aunt’s flat, where she confided in her aunt about
what had happened.
In the early hours on Nov 2, her aunt took her to the police station
where she made a police report about being raped by her father.
The man was arrested on the same day.
Asking for 30 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane, the
prosecution argued that the man’s acts were a grave abuse of his
position of trust and authority as the victims’ father.
“It is no hyperbole to say that this case strikes at the very
conscience of any civilised society,” the DPPs said.
“The sentence imposed by this honourable court must be commensurate
with the grave need for retribution and deterrence.
“It must also mark society’s disapproval of crimes that offend the
sensibilities of the general public, and quell the public disquiet
and unease engendered by such crimes.”