Man allegedly rapes own mum
In an extremely rare case, a man was charged with the rape of his biological mother yesterday.
The 32-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the victim's identity, faces one count of rape and two counts of outrage of modesty.
On Oct 4, 2013, he allegedly pinned down his 56-year-old mother before molesting her twice. He then allegedly raped her.
Two criminal lawyers said cases of men charged with raping their own mothers are extremely rare in Singapore.
Mr Rajan Supramaniam, a lawyer of 15 years, and Mr Shashi Nathan, who has 22 years' experience, said this was the first time they had heard of such a case here.
Mrs Gloria James-Civetta, a lawyer of 20 years, said: "Such cases are very rare. This is the second such case I have encountered here. In the first one, the man had a mental problem."
In the current case, the man's trial was to have started yesterday after he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
But the trial has been postponed to a later date for him to decide on his legal representation. Slim and bespectacled, he appeared calm as he sat in the dock in the Supreme Court.
If convicted of rape, he can be jailed up to 20 years, fined and/or caned.