Judge moved by filial son of cleaner in paid underage sex case

Judge moved by filial son of cleaner in paid underage sex case

SINGAPORE - A judge was moved by the son of a 65-year-old stroke victim and cleaner who accompanied his father to every court session when he was charged for having sex with an underage Chinese prostitute.

In court, the judge commended his son's actions, saying that Xu Ruijin has a good son, and that he should appreciate him, said Shin Min Daily News.

Xu was arrested this year on June 1 for having sex with a seventeen-year-old underage prostitute and subsequently charged in court. For his offence, he was sentenced to jail for eight weeks. After pleading guilty to the crime, he requested the judge not to sentence him to jail due to health reasons.

According to Shin Min Daily News, Xu had suffered two bouts of stroke this year, one before the incident and another after. The mobility on one side of his body is impaired and he is still in the process of recovery.

The judge pointed out in court that Xu was not aware that the underage prostitute was brought into the trade against her will. If not for his poor health, he said that the 65-year-old would be charged together with the other men and face the jail term of 12 weeks. Due to his strokes, Xu currently needs help in his daily activities.

After considering the seriousness of the case and the appeal made by his lawyer to reduce the jail term, the judge agreed to sentence him to eight weeks of imprisonment. During the ruling, the judge said to him: "You are lucky to have a son like that. Everytime you appear in court, including today, your son will accompany you - which is very touching. You must appreciate him and not repeat your mistake."

After the judge passed the judgment and statement, Xu's son who was standing at defendant's side, looked red in the eyes and even glanced at his father from time to time.

Plead for mercy: Hope that he can attend his son's wedding

Xu, 65, pleaded for mercy this morning in court, saying that his son is getting married on Dec 21 and that he would like to attend.

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