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Man jailed 34 years for sexually abusing lover’s daughter

Man, 47, gets 34 years' jail and maximum 24 strokes for sexual abuse of minor that lasted seven years

For seven years, a girl suffered almost daily sexual abuse at the hands of her mother's lover - a man she called "shu shu", or uncle - the High Court heard yesterday.

When she was seven to eight, the girl told her mother that he was molesting her but realised it was futile when the woman got angry with her instead and did not intervene.

Years later, the man, who was married to another woman, progressed to raping her and forcing her to perform oral sex on him - sometimes in broad daylight while others were at home.

She became so conditioned by his abuse that she automatically took off her clothes when he summoned her.

When she was 13, she decided she could no longer endure the abuse. But after going to the police, the girl found herself being abandoned by her mother, who has been visiting the man in prison every other week.

Yesterday, he was sentenced to 34 years' jail and the maximum 24 strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to four charges of statutory rape.

Another 17 charges - of statutory rape, molestation, committing an indecent act and sexual penetration of a minor - were taken into consideration.

The 47-year-old man cannot be named to protect the girl's identity.

The court heard that after his arrest, the man told police that the girl had seduced him and flirted with him.

"This is one of the most heinous cases which we have ever seen," Deputy Public Prosecutor David Khoo said as he urged the court to send a strong deterrent message to protect the young and vulnerable.

The man was married with a son but had been in an affair with the girl's divorced mother since 2006.

From 2010 to 2014, the girl was sent to live with the man's family during the school holidays, where he began molesting her.

The girl realised the acts were wrong only after attending sex education classes in Primary 5, but she did not know what to do.

In 2014, the jobless man told the girl's mother to move in with his family. After mother and daughter moved in, the abuse escalated to rape and oral sex.

"She felt very lousy about herself and just let the accused abuse her daily," the DPP told the court.

PROTECT

She feared angering the man, who had assaulted his wife and the girl's mother when he was angry or drunk and hit the girl when she tried to protect her mother from him or when he was angered that she had male friends at school.

In 2016, the man's wife filed for divorce and left the flat with their son. The man then moved into his lover's flat and the abuse continued.

Eventually, the girl sought help from the man's wife, who referred her to a social worker, and a police report was made on June 29, 2016.

With $800 that he took from the girl's mother, the man spent the next four days evading arrest before surrendering himself to the police.

The girl, who is now 15 and living with her maternal grandmother, feels insecure about herself and worries about being judged by others, said the DPP.

"She misses her mother," he said.

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