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Man jailed for raping friend's daughter

A warehouse packer was yesterday sentenced to seven years in jail and 10 strokes of the cane for raping a minor.

After quarrelling with his father on Oct 25, 2011, Neo Wei Siong stayed over at his friend's Boon Lay flat.

Two days later, he woke up to find himself alone with his friend's 15-year-old daughter, The Straits Times reported online.

Neo, 35, pulled her into his room and later forced himself on her.

Neo, who did not have a lawyer, asked that his name not be published in newspapers as he feared not being able to get a job after his release.

Rebuking Neo, District Judge Lee Poh Choo said he had committed a heinous crime against the young girl.

"The victim is innocent; she must be protected, but not you."