| Singapore | 12 July 2017 | Asia Samachar |
Construction worker Daler Singh was jailed for four years and nine months and ordered to receive four strokes of the cane after pleading guilty in May to attempted rape.
District Judge Imran Abdul Hamid passed the sentence on 11 July 2017.
The court heard that, at around 8pm on 24 Jan 2016, a former maid went to the Choa Chu Kang Park with a 33-year old construction worker, whom she had met earlier through a friend. She was then 29 and had previously worked here. There, the former maid met Daler Singh, who was from the same village in India as his friend, reports The Straits Times.
While at the park, the woman and the Daler’s friend went to a secluded grass patch nearby and had consensual sex. Deputy Public Prosecutor Sruthi Boppana said: “Shortly thereafter, the accused heard Jagraj asking for some tissue paper so they could clean up. The accused then went over to pass a loose packet of tissue paper to Jagraj and the victim. Whilst doing so, the accused observed the victim in a state of undress…Upon seeing this, the accused was sexually aroused and told the victim that he also wanted to have sexual intercourse with her. The victim declined the accused’s request.”
The trio then went to a nearby pavilion to share some fruits that Daler Singh had brought along. But about 15 minutes later, the woman and Daler’s friend returned to the grass patch and had consensual sex again.
When they were done, the friend returned to the pavilion while the woman stayed behind to clean herself up. She had just completed dressing herself when Daler came forward and repeated his request to have sex with her. Again, the former maid declined, the report added.
DPP Sruthi said: “As the victim was preparing the leave the area, the accused caught hold of her by using his left hand to hold onto her waist and his right hand to lift up her legs. He then carried her over and placed her back on the grass patch at the same secluded area.”
Daler Singh attempted to have sex with the woman about six times even though she protested. She also used her hands to try and stop him from getting close. He walked away from the crying woman only about 10 minutes later, the report said.
While walking away, she sought help from a 21-year-old Singaporean passer-by who alerted the police about her ordeal. Officers arrested Daler at Ama Keng Hostel near Lim Chu Kang Road at around 10.20pm two days later.
For attempting to rape the woman, he could have been jailed up to 10 years and fined or caned.
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