Singapore

Man raped daughter and tried to feed her contraceptive pills

A man who started molesting his daughter when she was nine and repeatedly raped her after she turned 11 was found out after he tried to feed her contraceptive pills.

He had disguised the pills as cough medication.

The girl told her mother about the pills, and when the woman confronted her husband, he confessed that he was worried about getting the girl pregnant.

Yesterday, the 45-year-old was sentenced to 21 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane by the High Court after he pleaded guilty to two charges of statutory rape and one charge of sexual assault by penetration.

Judicial Commissioner Philip Jeyaretnam noted that the man had abused his parental authority and betrayed his daughter’s trust and planned his offences when his wife was less likely to catch him.

However, he also took into account that the man had immediately confessed and pleaded guilty, sparing his daughter from having to testify.

Another eight charges for various sexual offences were taken into consideration.

The man cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, who is now 14 years old. The court heard that the man and his wife married in China in 2007 and emigrated to Singapore in 2008. They obtained permanent residency a year later and the girl moved here in 2010.

The family, including the victim’s younger brother, lived in a four-room Tampines flat but usually slept in one bedroom.

In 2017, the man began touching his daughter inappropriately, and then he moved on to more intrusive acts.

The assaults took place at least once a month, either at night or on Saturday mornings, when the victim’s mother was at work.

After the girl realised from sex education lessons what her father was doing was wrong, she resisted his advances, but her attempts were futile.

After he had unprotected sex with her on March 12, 2019, he bought a box of contraceptive pills. He then put the pills in a small resealable bag from a clinic that stated “for cough” on the label.

He told the girl to consume the pills but refused to tell her what they were for. She then told her mother about it.

After confronting her husband, the woman lodged a police report the next day.

COURT & CRIME