Singapore

Waiter jailed 10 months for sex with schoolgirl he befriended online


A waiter who had sex with a secondary school student he befriended online was sentenced to 10 months' jail yesterday.

Lee Zhi Ming, 25, admitted to one of two charges of sexual penetration of a minor at his flat in Bendemeer Road in March 2016.

The court heard that the victim, who was 15 at the time, got to know Lee through online dating app OkCupid. They exchanged phone numbers and chatted on messaging platform WhatsApp.

He knew that she was a secondary school student.

They met for the first time one afternoon at Nex mall in March 2016. She was in her school uniform.

After having lunch there, they went to his home where he had unprotected sex with her.

Subsequently, the girl and Lee were found to have chlamydia, following a sexually transmitted infections screening.

The girl made a police report on June 13 that year.

The sexually transmitted disease could not be attributed to Lee conclusively.

Lee's lawyer Sankar Saminathan said in mitigation yesterday that it was his client's first offence.

Lee was depressed after breaking up with his girlfriend. He was lonely and was looking for a serious relationship with the victim but it did not work out, the lawyer added.

Mr Sankar said Lee had started to attend church and hoped to turn over a new leaf.

COURT & CRIME