Man jailed for sexually assaulting niece, 10

She shared a close relationship with her aunt and uncle, even calling them "mummy" and "papa".

But the girl, then 10, was betrayed by her "papa" when he sexually assaulted her while she was staying over at his flat in 2013.

Yesterday, the girl's uncle was sentenced to eight years and six months in jail and eight strokes of the cane.

He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault by digital penetration.

Another charge of using criminal force on a young personand intending to outrage her modesty was taken into consideration during sentencing yesterday.

The uncle, now 46, is married to the girl's maternal aunt.

He cannot be named to protect the girl's identity.

Investigations revealed that the girl would often sleep over at the couple's flat during the school holidays and long weekends, sharing a queen-sized bed with them.

The court heard that on Aug 15, 2013, the girl slept over as they were supposed to travel to Desaru, Malaysia, for a holiday the following morning.

The uncle consumed alcohol before returning home around 1am on Aug 16 and joined his niece in bed.

He became sexually aroused and started cuddling the girl whom he thought was fast asleep on the bed.

He then attacked her and stopped only when she cried out in pain and wriggled her body to let him know she was awake.

MOTHER

The girl told her mother about the incident a week later. Her mother then told the girl's aunt, who is her sister.

They agreed that the girl would no longer see the couple.

The girl's father then found out about it and at his insistence, his wife lodged a police report about a month after the incident.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Sharmila Sripathy-Shanaz told the court that the most aggravating factor in the case was the man's abuse of his position of trust.

She added that the uncle had not surrendered himself following the offence, and had the police report not been made, would have been content to pretend that nothing was amiss.

StanChart bank robbery suspect: Don't send me to Singapore

David James Roach.

About 100 Thai law enforcement personnel analysed footage from as many as 400 CCTVs to find the suspect of the Standard Chartered bank robbery, said the head of Thailand's Interpol unit.

Major-General Apichart Suriboonya received an investigation report from Singapore at about 6.15am last Friday while he was eating his breakfast, reported Shin Min Daily News.

"The information was that there was a robber that stole $30,000 from Singapore, and they wanted to check if he indeed did enter Thailand," Maj-Gen Apichart told the daily.

His team immediately began investigations and discovered that the suspect, Canadian national David James Roach, had arrived in Bangkok the day before, at 5.08pm.

In order to quickly track down the suspect, he activated the 100 personnel from various divisions.

Together, they analysed the footage and by Saturday night, they found out that Roach was staying in a central Bangkok hostel.

At about 11.30am on Sunday, they arrested Roach at the Boxpackers Hostel in the Ratchathewi district.

Maj-Gen Apichart also revealed more details of the notebook that was found with Roach.

It was reported to contain the same phrases on the note that was given to the bank teller during the robbery.

Written on one of its pages were the names of three cities: Singapore, Chiang Mai and Dubai. Next to that was the phrase "Make Money".

Written on another page was "three things to take note of after the robbery".

Roach also wrote himself reminders to wear normal clothes, to take a taxi and to maintain a normal demeanour.

Maj-Gen Apichart added that part of the stolen $30,000 was also spent on a MacBook, an Apple laptop.

Thailand's immigration police chief Nathathorn Prousoontorn said that Roach's right to stay in Thailand was revoked under the immigration act and he has been put on Thailand's re-entry blacklist.

Roach initially claimed that he had lost significant weight due to sickness in recent months, the daily reported on Wednesday. He also refused to eat and drink while in detention.

A doctor has since assessed him to be healthy and he was seen eating regular meals, Shin Min said yesterday.

DETAINED

Roach is being detained in a room that holds between eight and 10 people and he gets to move about freely within the detention centre, Shin Min quoted sources as saying.

He is allowed to watch TV, exercise and use the phone in the detention centre.

An unnamed law enforcement personnel said that he asked guards of the detention centre not to send him to Singapore, reported Shin Min.

He was heard saying: "Officer, please send me back to Canada, don't send me back to Singapore."

The Canadian embassy has provided Roach with a list of lawyers, but is unsure if he has consulted one, reported the daily.

Singapore is in talks with Thai and Canadian authorities to extradite Roach to Singapore, which does not have an extradition treaty with either country, while Thailand has an extradition treaty with Canada.

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