Man Who Sexually Abused And Raped His Daughter For A Decade Sentenced To 29 Years In Jail
On 14 May, a man in Singapore was sentenced to 29 years in jail for sexually abusing his daughter for 10 years
The 51-year-old pleaded guilty to two charges of statutory rape and one charge of aggravated sexual assault by penetration, The Straits Times reported.
Six other charges of sexual offences were considered during sentencing by Judicial Commissioner Audrey Lim, who said the man deserves severe punishment for actions that were "clearly and totally reprehensible".
His jail time included one year in lieu of the maximum 24 strokes of the cane that he would have received if he were younger than 50 years old.
The High Court heard that the man started touching his daughter sexually in 2006, when she was five years old
He continued to sexually abuse her for years in the family's four-room flat, where his wife and younger son also lived.
When she was eight years old, he began performing oral sex on her.
In December 2011, the man brought both his children to his sister's flat for a Christmas sleepover.
He took his 11-year-old daughter's virginity in the guest bedroom.
He started having unprotected sexual intercourse with the victim at least once a month until 2015, when the abuse tapered off.
The man stopped raping his daughter in January 2016.
After confiding with a close friend, the 16-year-old realised that what her father had been doing was wrong and told her mother in May 2016
"The victim felt confused and had concerns about telling her mother about what had happened, as she was worried that it would tear her family apart," said the prosecution, Channel NewsAsia reported.
Her mother moved the 16-year-old to a relative's house before reporting the case to the police on 7 June 2017. The 51-year-old was arrested the following day.
According to the prosecution, he understood that his family disowned him but "hopes he can come out and reconnect with his family" after serving his sentence.