secret for 12 years She kept dark
She was only eight when her cousin, then 17, took her to a staircase landing and raped her.
And she continued living in the same house with her cousin for the next two years.
She kept that dark secret for 12 years before finally making a police report in 2011.
Her cousin, now 31, pleaded guilty to one of three charges of rape yesterday. The remaining two charges were taken into consideration.
Said Assistant Public Prosecutor Dillon Kok: "The victim had lost her chastity to an act of rape and chose to cope with the trauma by 'walling' it off and choosing to ignore that it happened.
"It took a considerable number of years before the victim told her story."
A gag order has been placed on the names of both the victim and the accused, as well as the location of the rape, to prevent identification of the victim.
The court heard that the girl had started living at the flat with her aunt, uncle and cousin a year before the incident.
Her parents were in the midst of a divorce then.
Her cousin had became hooked on pornographic videos after chancing upon some pornographic VCDs kept inside a disc rack near the television.
He was unemployed and waiting for his enlistment for national service then and was at home most of the day.
Whenever no one was around, he would watch the VCDs.
Sometime in mid-1999, the girl returned home from school one day and was asked by her aunt to buy food from a provision store at the void deck. Her cousin accompanied her.
On the way back home, he recalled the sex scenes on the VCD and wanted to try having sex. He was then a virgin.
He took her to a staircase landing, but changed his mind when someone walked past them.
A week later, he decided to try again when her aunt asked both of them to buy dinner from a nearby coffee shop.
Again, he took her to a staircase landing in their HDB block.
This time, he raped her.
Then he warned her not to tell anyone about the incident.
In court, he remained expressionless and silent as the facts of the case were read out to him by Mr Kok.
Mr Kok also highlighted several aggravating factors of the case. He said the accused had abused his position of trust vested in him by the victim, her parents and their aunt.
Said Mr Kok: "After a failed attempt, the accused had the opportunity to reflect on his action.
"Instead of retracting his heinous intentions, he planned to and carried out the rape when the opportunity arose a week later."
These perverse acts must be met with the strong arm of the law, said Mr Kok, who asked for a custodial term of at least six years with caning.
The rapist faces up to 20 years in jail and is also liable to fine or caning. The case will be heard again on Jan 29.
The victim had lost her chastity to an act of rape and chose to cope with the trauma by 'walling' it off and choosing to ignore that it happened.
- Assistant Public Prosecutor Dillon Kok