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Father jailed for sodomising daughter
He sexually assaulted his daughter on at least three occasions— twice when she was 10 and another time when she was 19.
For his offences in 2005 and 2014, the man, 51, was sentenced on Monday (July 25) to a jail term of 12 years and six months.
He cannot be named to protect the identity of the girl, now 21, who is his biological daughter.
The man pleaded guilty to three charges — one for carnal intercourse and two for using criminal force to outrage his daughter’s modesty.
Four other charges, two relating to outrage of modesty and two concerning sexual exploitation of a child were taken into consideration for sentencing.
The court heard that in October 2005, he had sodomised the girl against her will in their flat.
She was only 10 at the time and no one else was home.
On another occasion later that month, the girl’s father performed a sexual act on her private parts without her consent.
In October 2014, he touched her genitals and performed a sexual act while lying next to her on her bed.
The girl made a police report the next day and also revealed that her father had sexually assaulted her even before the incident in 2014.
In court, deputy public prosecutor Agnes Chan said that the acts were premeditated and planned as they took place when no one else was home.
She said: “As the victim’s biological father, the accused’s duty was to provide for, and protect his daughter.
“Instead the accused blatantly exploited and abused his position, as well as the trust and authority which has been reposed in him as a father.”
How to prepare for the A-Poké-lypse
Brace yourselves, Singaporeans.
Life as we know it will soon end with the impending release of Pokémon Go in Singapore.
Since Pokémon Go was released in Hong Kong on Monday (July 25), Singapore may soon be the next island-nation to be blessed with little scuttering virtual critters.
And when all hell breaks loose, you'd better make sure you're ready to be the very best that no one ever was.
Follow these tips and you'll soon be equipped to take on the a-Poké-lypse.
Pokemon Go launch poster from the official Facebook page. Photo: Facebook / Pokemon Go
1. Arm yourself with a Pokémon catching device
And no, we're not talking about Pokéballs. Those come free with the game.
We're talking about the mobile device that you need to start your journey.
While you can play Pokémon Go on most iOS and Android mobile phones, Windows phones are currently unsupported.
Also, update your compatible devices, as Pokémon Go works only for iPhones with iOS 8+, and Android phones with Android 4.4 to Android 6.0.1.
iOS9 is pre-installed with every new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Both phones are compatible with Pokémon Go.
To check your current iOS, access the Settings app on your iPhone, select the General tab, and then the About tab, before looking for the Version number on your phone.
You cannot play the game if you are using older devices such as the iPhone 4.
2. Get your gear ready
Think of the stereotypical Pokémon trainer and you imagine a young teenage boy dressed in a comfortable jacket, wearing running shoes and turning his cap as he throws a Pokéball.
While the cap-turning may be a turn-off for some, you have to admit that comfortable shoes and jackets can go a long way as you walk tens of kilometres looking for powerful legendary Pokémon.
But if you must dress like Ash Ketchum, the world will try not to judge you for your fashion choices.
Ash Ketchum cosplay by Ashizard Cosplay. Photo: Facebook / Ashizard Cosplay
A portable charger, or maybe two, is also recommended, as the game has been known to drain your phone's battery life like a grass-type Pokémon.
3. Join a local Pokémon Go community
What's a game without friends? In anticipation of the release, Singaporeans have already set up Pokémon Go Whatsapp chats for the different regions all over Singapore.
The chats are divided between the three teams a player can pledge their allegiance to in the game - Valor, Mystic and Instinct.
The teams are in constant contest with each other for control of Pokémon gyms all over the world.
If your allegiance goes far beyond the boundaries of the game, soon-to-be trainers have also made merchandises for their teams, such as T-shirts and phone cases with the team's insignia.
Poster for the Pokémon Go Mass Walk which will be held on the first Sunday following the app's official release in Singapore. Photo: Facebook / Ummar Hasim
To explore the local Pokémon community, join the Pokémon Go Singapore Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/PokemonGoSG/
4. Beware of your surroundings
When trainers first open the app, they will first see a warning screen.
Pokemon Go's loading screen before you start your adventure. Photo: PokemonGoTips.co.uk
"Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings," the warning says.
And while you may not encounter the Pokémon world's Officer Jenny in real life, you may be flagged down by a policeman if you don't look where you're going.
In places where Pokémon Go has been launched, accidents, arrests and shootings related to the game have been reported. A few days after the game was launched in Japan, Japan Today reported that the game has already resulted in minor car and bicycle accidents, and traffic offences all over the country.
If you do have a policeman approaching you, please, Pokémon trainers, listen to them.
Ready to start catching them all? Maybe you need a refresher on the 151 you can catch:
Now, trainers, it's time for your journey to begin.
What Comic-Con 2016 revealed
The 2016 annual San Diego Comic-Con was held between July 21 and July 24 , at the San Diego Convention Centre.
A select group of actors from all over the world gathered to discuss fresh projects and movies with their fans.
Here's the biggest news from the four-day event:
New Shows and Movies to Look Forward To
The friendly rivalry between Marvel and DC was taken to a whole new level as each company released jaw-dropping news, starting with big announcements on who's acting what.
Tony Revolori has been confirmed as Flash Thompson in the upcoming Spiderman: Homecoming which is set to be released on July 7 next year.
His role was released in a clip that was shown at the panel, although the film is only 10 days into shooting.
There was also fresh news from James Gunn, director of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2, who announced that Elizabeth Debicki would play the celestial being Kismet and Kurt Russell would play Star Lord's father.
[From left to right] Actors Michael Rooker, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillen attend San Diego Comic-Con. Photo: AFP
The movie is due for release in the US on April 25 next year.
As for Captain Marvel, Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson has been confirmed as Carol Danvers. The movie will be released on July 6 2018.
Marvel has also announced that it will be releasing three Netflix original shows: The Defenders, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist .
As for DC, Tyler Hoechlin and Chris Wood will also join season 2 of CW's Supergirl . The TV show did not get renewed for a second season by CBS, but was fortunately picked up by The CW, where the superhero will fight alongside Arrow and The Flash . Arrow has casted Joe Dinicol as Ragman. Season 5 will premiere on Oct 5 and trailers for both Justice League and Wonder Woman were released as well .
In other news, Star Trek recently turned 50 and has given a name to its fresh series - Star Trek Discovery - which is releasing on CBS next January.
The trailer for American Gods - a book-to-television adaptation by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman - has also been released, starring Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane.
The trailers of a few other movies were also played: King Kong: Skull Island, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword and Nickelodeon's Legends of The Hidden Temple.
Rihanna also made a surprise announcement, via a recorded message, that she would be joining Bates Motel's new season .
Shows That Aren't Returning For A Following Season
With good news comes some bad news as well.
Teen Wolf will be ending after its upcoming Season 6.
Tyler Posey, who plays Scott McCall, told Entertainment Weekly: "There's nothing negative about all this. I'm really happy. I'm going to cry my eyes out [at the end]. And it's going to be an ugly cry too."
July 21: [From left to right] Actors Ian Bohen, J.R. Bourne, Holland Roden, Tyler Posey, writer/executive producer Jeff Davis, and actors Dylan Sprayberry, Khylin Rhambo and Cody Christian attend the Teen Wolf Panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Photo: AFP
The Vampire Diaries will also be ending its series after Season 8 while both Orphan Black and Bates Motel will both not go beyond their fifth seasons.
Highlights Of The Day
All in all, the San Diego Comic-Con proved to be a hugely entertaining affair, not only for the fans but also for the stars as well.
Eddie Redmayne, who is going to be acting in the Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, spent his time handing out magic wands to screaming fans.
Actor Eddie Redmayne hands out wands during the panel for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Photo: AFP
For all Game of Thrones fans, the convention outdid itself by allowing visitors to look at the Game Of Thrones Hall of Faces, alongside other props in the show .
Fans were able to see their faces alongside those of Robb Stark and Tyrion Lannister, leaving them completely awed and mind-boggled.
Win a pair of tickets to NDP Preview 2!
For the past decade, performances featured in the National Day Parade every year have revolved around specific themes.
Last year’s theme, for example, was Majulah Singapura, to coincide with our Golden Jubilee. Other past themes include Majulah! The Singapore Spirit in 2011 and Our People, Our Home in 2014.
For Singapore’s 51st birthday this year, the theme is Building Our Singapore of Tomorrow. The message of this year’s theme song, Tomorrow’s Here Today, follows the theme as well.
This week, TNP has eight pairs of NDP Preview 2 tickets to give away.
Preview 2 is on this Saturday (July 30) at the National Stadium.
Simply answer the question below for a chance to win.
The contest is now closed. Winners will be contacted via e-mail.