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S'porean Dad Pleads Guilty To Incest After Excusing The Crime As "Education"

When she couldn't take her sexually perverted father's behaviour any longer, the victim decided to lodge a police report in April 2020.

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A Singaporean man has pleaded guilty to committing incest on his intellectually disabled daughter and telling her it was a 'sex lesson'

The 60-year-old man pleaded guilty to two counts of incest while two other similar charges were taken into account yesterday, 7 December.

The victim was between the ages of 24 and 25 at the time of the sexual assault. The offender was between the ages of 57 and 58.

The woman is said to be epileptic and intellectually disabled. She also worked as a volunteer for MINDS, a nonprofit organisation that provides services to people with intellectual disabilities.

Born out of wedlock and raised by her maternal grandmother, deputy public prosecutor Yvonne Poon was reported as saying by The Straits Times that the victim met her father for the first time in 2008, when she was 14 years old.

Due to a gag order to protect the victim's identity, the father and his 28-year-old daughter cannot be named.

State Courts in Singapore.

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The victim only met her father once every two years between 2008 and 2014 before she started living with him

The father reportedly started sexually assaulting her in February 2019, some time around Chinese New Year, telling her that it was for "sexual education".

"He did this under the pretext of educating her sexually so that she would not get pregnant by other men," said Poon.

Following this occurrence, the man asked his daughter to perform sex acts on him at least four times.

It started with him scolding her for unnecessary reasons, such as unintentionally breaking a weight set while exercising or bringing a used mask back home that was found outside.

As an apology and to subdue his anger, she was forced to engage in sexual activities with him.

All the offences happened when the mother went out to work, and the victim was told not to tell anyone about the acts.

When she couldn't take her sexually perverted father's behaviour any longer, the victim decided to take action

The victim told her MINDS training officer about the sexual assault and lodged a police report on 6 April 2020.


She was taken to a home for people with disabilities, where she is currently staying.

The charges, under Section 74A(2) of the Penal Code, provides for an additional penalty when an offence is committed against a vulnerable person, such as the victim in this case.

Poon deemed it particularly wicked that the accused incorporated sexual actions into his role as a parent and a source of discipline. She sought a sentence of seven to eight years' imprisonment.

Defence lawyer Joshua Tong of Kalco Law disagreed with this point. The scolding and sexual activities occurring simultaneously, he claimed, was "happenstance" and that there was no proof of force.

Principal District Judge Toh Han Li said he needed to take some time to consider his decision and adjourned the sentencing to 23 December.

If you or someone you know may be at risk or has experienced sexual abuse or assault, please reach out to these Malaysian organisations:

1. WOMEN'S AID ORGANISATION (WAO)
Operating hours: 24-hour
Contact: +603-30008858
SMS/WhatsApp: +6018-9888058
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2. ALL WOMEN'S ACTION SOCIETY (AWAM)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (9.30am - 5.30pm)
Contact: +603-78770224
WhatsApp/Telegram: +6016-2284221 | +6016-2374221
Email: [email protected]wam.org.my
Website | Facebook | Twitter

3. WOMEN'S CENTRE FOR CHANGE PENANG (WCC PENANG)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (9am - 5pm)
Contact: +604-2280342 | +604-3988340
WhatsApp: +6011-31084001 | +6016-4180342
Email: [email protected]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

4. SARAWAK WOMEN FOR WOMEN SOCIETY (SWWS)
Operating hours: Monday (7pm - 9pm),Tuesday to Thursday (9.30am - 11.30am), Saturday (2pm - 4pm)
Contact: +6082-368853
SMS/WhatsApp: +6016-5822660 | +6013-8044285
Email: [email protected]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

5. SABAH WOMEN'S ACTION-RESOURCE GROUP (SAWO)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (9am - 5pm)
Contact: +6088-280200 | +6011-27908020
Email: [email protected]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

6. PROTECT AND SAVE THE CHILDREN (PS THE CHILDREN)
Operating hours: Monday to Friday (3pm - 12am)
WhatsApp: +6016-7213065
Email: [email protected]
Website | Facebook | Twitter

7. INTERNET WATCH FOUNDATION (IWF)
Anonymously and confidentially report child sexual abuse content and non-photographic child sexual abuse images with IWF's Reporting Portal.

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