Accused faces rape and other sex abuse charges

Accused faces rape and other sex abuse charges

A man appeared in court yesterday to face a string of charges relating to sex attacks on two teenage girls.

Mohd Ariffan Mohd Hassan, 54, is accused of two counts of sexual abuse, two counts of rape and one count of molestation with regard to one victim. He also faces one count of molestation for another teenage victim.

He is said to have molested the first victim when she was just 15, after confining her in a truck cabin in a wooded area of Punggol in March 2009.

In June the following year, he allegedly abused her twice at a flat. The two alleged rapes are said to have taken place in January 2010 and a year later.

He is also alleged to have molested another victim. who was under 14 years of age at the time, by wrongfully restraining her in the same truck sometime between March and June 2010.

His lawyer, Mr S. S. Dhillon, told the court that he had just been briefed.

The prosecution requested four weeks to wrap up investigation.

Bail of $60,000 was offered. The accused's passport was impounded and he was ordered not to approach the alleged victims.

The maximum penalty for causing wrongful restraint during molestation is 10 years' jail and caning. If convicted of molestation and causing wrongful restraint to a person below 14 years old, he could be jailed between three and 10 years. No caning will be imposed as he is above 50. The maximum punishment for rape is 20 years' jail and fine


This article was first published on December 24, 2014.
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