Accused cared about victim, says lawyer

The accused's lawyer, Ms Diana Ngiam, told the court that her client genuinely cared for the victim because they would tell each other about problems with their respective spouses.

Knowing that she had two children, the man also tried to help her in any way possible and gave her money when she needed it.

The closeness of their relationship made his wife jealous and they had several rows over this.

The night before the rape, the accused had an argument with his wife, who insisted the victim move out of the flat immediately.

She refused so he was caught between his wife and his friend.

His frustrations were carried over to the next morning. When the victim did not want to speak to him, he lost control of himself, Ms Ngiam said.