Singapore

Man jailed for having sex underage girl twice

Girl miscarried second child last July

A sales adviser in his 20s had unprotected sex with his underage girlfriend and impregnated her twice.

The first time she got pregnant, the 15-year-old did not know and found out only when she gave birth to a baby girl at home on Feb 18 last year.

The man was given a conditional warning for having sex with the minor and was ordered to not commit any offences for a year.

But he again impregnated the girl, who miscarried their second child in July last year.

The man, 28, was jailed for 1½ years yesterday after pleading guilty earlier this month to two counts of having sex with the underage girl.

Two other similar offences involving the teenager were taken into consideration in sentencing.

The two are no longer together and cannot be named due to a gag order.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kavita Uthrapathy said they got to know each other through friends in December 2014 when the girl was 14.

They had sex in his flat in 2015. She gave birth to their daughter in a bathroom of her home the next year.

DPP Kavita said: "The victim's grandmother cut the baby's cord with a pair of scissors and summoned an ambulance... Being only 15 years old when she delivered their daughter, she suffered baby blues and had little knowledge on how to raise a child.

"By that time, she had quit studying... and obtained a job to try and support her new family."

POLICE REPORT

The girl received treatment at KK Women's and Children's Hospital. As she was a minor, the hospital was obliged to lodge a police report about her case.

The court heard she later moved into the man's family flat and the couple made plans to get married.

The man was given the one-year conditional warning in lieu of prosecution on May 16 last year and the couple obtained a special marriage licence - though they did not proceed with their plan to marry.

In June last year, they had unprotected sex again and she became pregnant for the second time. The girl miscarried about a month later. The couple broke up shortly after they discovered this second pregnancy.

She moved back to her own home, leaving her daughter behind. The child now lives with her father and paternal grandparents.

The man's lawyer, Ms Sherrie Han, who was assigned to the case under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, said he is unaware of his ex-girlfriend's whereabouts.

For each count of having sex with a minor, he could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined.

COURT & CRIME