An unnamed 45-year-old man raped his domestic helper from Myanmar twice in a period of six hours at his Pasir Ris flat on November 14, 2016.
Apparently, the man’s wife and family were away on vacation, leaving him and the 34-year-old maid alone at home. Based on the prosecution’s case, the man came home in the early hours after having a night of drinking with friends.
The helper was in the living room when the man suddenly grabbed her into his bedroom and raped her. Then later that morning, while the maid was washing clothes in the kitchen, the man once again pulled her into his bedroom and raped her.
The prosecution sought a sentence of 15 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane, arguing that “the victim was forced to undergo the full gamut of emotional turmoil and trauma… not once but twice”.
Many domestic workers are subject to physical, emotional, and mental abuse by their employers. Many of these workers are hired as helpers in private homes, wherein some suffer physical and sexual abuse from their employers.
The man’s lawyer, Mr Sunil Sudheesan, argued that his client’s conviction represented a “marked departure” from his usual character. He asked for 11 years’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane.
The suspect is sentenced to 13 years’ jail and 20 strokes of the cane.