About the case

Crane operator Lee Seow Peng is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl three days after meeting her through a mobile phone messaging app.

Lee, now 39, got in touch with the then-Secondary 1 student online on May 26, 2012. They met three days later when he allegedly raped her in the backseat of his multi-purpose vehicle.

On June 3 that year, Lee allegedly attempted to arrange another meeting with the girl to have sex with her again.

Her mother discovered his message and the girl then told her about the alleged rape. The girl's parents then made a police report.

On Dec 16, 2015, Lee pleaded not guilty to one count each of rape, sexually grooming a minor and attempting to get the girl to perform an indecent act.

Judicial Commissioner Hoo Sheau Peng will deliver her verdict on Jan 29.

If found guilty of rape, Lee could be jailed up to 20 years and given at least 12 strokes of the cane. For the second charge, he could be jailed up to three years and fined. For the third charge, he could be jailed up to five years and fined up to $10,000.