Man jailed 18 months for underage sex with girl, 14
They met through a WhatsApp chat group in April last year and got together a month later.
Despite knowing she was just 14, Muhammad Sali Ifwat Zainodin had sex with his underage girlfriend three times.
Their relationship was found out a year later after the girl became pregnant and suffered a miscarriage.
Here comes the twist: The child was not his, but her previous boyfriend's.
And now he, too, will be punished for having sex with her.
Yesterday, Muhammad Sali Ifwat, 21, was jailed 18 months.
The girl's other boyfriend, Izzul Islam Abdul Razak, 18, is expected to be back in court next month.
Muhammad Sali Ifwat met the girl, who cannot be named due to a gag order, sometime in April last year - the same month that Izzul Islam broke up with her.
A month later, Muhammad Sali Ifwat got together with the girl.
Sometime between May and July last year, they met near the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority Building and went to a nearby HDB block where they had unprotected sex at a staircase.
They met and had sex two more times during the same period - once at an HDB staircase in Marymount estate and on the other occasion, at the staircase of a multi-storey carpark at Sims Drive.
The second man, Izzul Islam, texted the girl in February and they met at a library in Woodlands on Feb 17 before heading to a nearby park.
They later had sex in a toilet for the handicapped there.
On May 11, she suffered severe cramps and heavy vaginal bleeding and was taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital by her mother.
She was diagnosed to have suffered a miscarriage and the police were informed.
Last week, Muhammad Sali Ifwat was convicted of three counts of having sex with an underage girl, while Izzul Islam was convicted of one similar charge.
Yesterday, Muhammad Sali Ifwat, who was unrepresented, said in mitigation he had spoken to the girl's family and was told to take responsibility by marrying the girl when she comes of age.
He added that if he were to be jailed, he would have to pay back a $7,000 bond to Cisco, as he had recently started working for the security firm.
But District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan said the court had to protect young girls from such acts, even if consent was given.
The judge added that Muhammad Sali Ifwat was also older and more mature than the girl, and that financial hardship as a result of the sentence was not a mitigating factor.
Izzul Islam is expected to be back in court on Dec 3 for sentencing.
The maximum penalty for having sex with an underage girl is 10 years' jail with fine.