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JUDGE: YOU PREYED ON HER NAIVETY

As a stepfather, the man should have nurtured, guided and protected the girl, said District Judge Shaifuddin Saruwan.

Instead, he had "systematically exploited her sexually in a degrading and depraved fashion".

Addressing the man before handing out the sentence yesterday, the judge added: "You preyed on her naivety and impressionable mind with the lure of gifts.

"You corrupted her mind, not just by your perverted actions on her, but by inducing her into watching pornography."

Judge Shaifuddin said the actual and possible long-term emotional and psychological harm inflicted on the girl must also be taken into account.

"The overall objective in the sentence is to signal out strong disapprobation towards your actions, and to protect our young and vulnerable from sexual predation," he said.