Man who raped daughter jailed 21 years, 24 strokes of the cane

The 45-year-old man was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment together with 24 lashes with the stick. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - A 45-year-old man who repeatedly raped his birth daughter at the age of 11 was sentenced to 21 years in prison and 24 lashes on Thursday (October 14).
The Singaporean perpetrator stood before the High Court on two charges of rape and one charge of sexual assault through penetration. Eight other similar charges were considered in the sentencing.
His crimes came to light when his wife, the birth mother of the victim, found contraceptive pills and confronted him.
The man began molesting his daughter in 2017 when she was nine years old and in 4th elementary school and gradually escalated his behavior - from sleep harassment to sexual assault on her.
The crimes would take place at least once a month when the victim's mother and brother were out.
Shortly after the victim's 11th birthday in 2018, the man started rape the victim.
To prevent pregnancy, he bought contraceptive pills online in early 2019. He put the medication in a small plastic bag that he had received on a previous visit to a clinic with the label "for coughs" on it.
When the man later tried to give the victim the pills, she told her mother about his abuse and gave her the pills.
The mother then confronted the man, who confessed that he was concerned that he may have ejaculated into the victim's vagina.
The mother then reported to the police.
The penalty for rape of a minor under the age of 14 is a prison sentence of up to 20 years along with a minimum of 12 lashes per charge.
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