A 24-year-old polytechnic student was sentenced to jail for 13 years by Singapore’s High Court on Friday after he was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old.
Wang Jianbin had raped the teenager in her room while her brother was in the living room with his piano teacher.
The former commando pleaded guilty to rape. One charge each of criminal intimidation and sexual assault were taken into consideration as well.
High Court judge Chan Seng Onn also ordered Wang to be given 15 strokes of the cane.
Wang had asked through his lawyer for more strokes of the cane so that he could have a shorter jail sentence to be with his mother and 10-year-old sister, but the judge did not say if the request affected his sentence, according to The Straits Times.
The punishment was heavier than expected as the prosecution had asked the court to give him at least 10 years’ jail and six strokes of the cane.
Wang came here from China with his family in 1997 and became a Singaporean in 2005.
Through a ‘making friends’ column in a teen magazine, Wang got to know the secondary school girl involved in October 2009.
Even though she told him she had a boyfriend and was not interested, the then 23-year-old still harassed her through instant messaging, text messages and phone calls.
Wang kept plying her with sexual questions, such as the colour of her underwear and whether she had a boyfriend she had sex with.
Uneasy, the girl told him that she was in a sexual relationship with her boyfriend and was not interested in meeting him when he pressed to meet with her.
On 2 Dec, with a 17-year-old male friend visiting her in her home, the girl received messages from Wang asking for her address as he wanted to visit her.
But she turned him down, and even gave the phone to her friend and asked him to pose as her father to give a warning to Wang not to harass her, the newspaper reported.
Unfazed, Wang said that he already knew where she lived. He threatened to “find trouble” and bring his gang to “mess up” her home and reveal to her parents that she had sex with her boyfriend.
The friend then called another boy, aged 18, to join them at her home for backup.
When Wang arrived, the girl had already instructed the two boys to hide in her mother’s room and to call for help if she could not deal with Wang.
The girl thought that Wang would not do anything to her with her brother and his piano teacher in the flat, and followed his instructions to bring him to her room.
After closing the door, Wang started violating the girl.
Thinking to help the girl, the 18-year-old friend barged into the room with a martial arts spear belonging to the girl’s brother.
But it was a futile attempt as he was chased out after a struggle.
While her two friends ran for help, Wang raped her. When the boys returned with civil defence officers, followed by the police, Wang was still around and was arrested.
The punishment for rape is up to 20 years’ jail and caning or a fine.