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Man who raped maid twice in six hours given jail, caning

A 45-year-old man who raped his domestic worker from Myanmar twice in six hours at his Pasir Ris flat was yesterday sentenced to 13 years' jail and ordered to be given 20 strokes of the cane.

The Malaysian alcohol distributor, who is a permanent resident, is appealing against his conviction and was released on bail of $70,000.

He is not named to protect the identity of the 35-year-old victim.

The man was charged with two counts of raping his domestic worker, at 2.40am and 7am on Dec 20, 2013, while his wife and two children were in Hong Kong for a holiday.

The prosecution's case is that after a night of drinking with friends, he returned home in the early hours, called for the maid and then pulled her from the living room to his bedroom, where he raped her.

RAPED AGAIN

Later that morning, after a few hours' sleep, he pulled the maid, who was washing clothes in the kitchen, into his bedroom and raped her again.

The man, who pleaded not guilty to both charges, contends he had consensual sex with the maid.

He is now divorced from his wife.

In September, after a seven-day trial, the High Court judge Chan Seng Onn found him guilty.

Yesterday, the prosecution sought a sentence of 15 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane, arguing the victim was forced to undergo the ordeal not once but twice.

The man's lawyer, Mr Sunil Sudheesan, said his client's conviction represented a marked departure from his usual character.

He asked for 11 years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane.

In sentencing the accused, the judge said his actions were reprehensible. - The Straits Times Online

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