Man who robbed, raped woman told cops sex was consensual

Man who robbed, raped woman told cops sex was consensual

He is on trial for raping a woman in his car and then robbing her.

But Haliffie Mamat, 24, told the police in three different statements about the incident, which allegedly took place on May 4, 2013, that the sex was consensual.

He said that after picking up the woman in his car, they started chatting. When he asked her if she liked sex, she replied: "Who doesn't?"

After they had sex in the car, she said she enjoyed it, Haliffie said in one of his statements.

Investigation officer Inspector Thermizi Tho, who took the stand yesterday, read the statements out in court.

On Wednesday, the court heard Haliffie's first statement, which had been recorded on May 7, three days after the incident.

Yesterday, the court heard that he gave another statement four days later, in which he gave a detailed account of his version of events.

In his third statement on May 14, he answered questions posed by Inspector Tho. His fourth statement, recorded on April 3 last year, had two sentences: "I did not rape her. She was willing."

The storeman is accused of raping the woman, then 34, on a bridge at Kallang Bahru Road between 6.30am and 6.45am on May 4, 2013. He is also accused of robbing her of a Louis Vuitton handbag, two mobile phones, about $300 and a bottle of Bvlgari perfume.

The woman cannot be named as she could be the victim of a sex crime.

Haliffie told the police that he had quarrelled with his then-wife, Ms Yunizar Hambali, over financial problems in their flat at Block 235, Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, at around 8pm on May 3.

Though Ms Yunizar testified on Wednesday that he was a non-violent person, the court heard yesterday that he lost control when she grabbed his arm during their tiff.

He punched and kicked her before driving away in their black Proton Savvy.

He was driving on River Valley Road at around 5am the next day when he saw the woman and decided to rob her because of his "money problem".

STARTED CHATTING

When he offered her a lift, she accepted the offer and entered the car. They started chatting and when they reached Lavender Street, the topic of sex came up.

In the May 14 statement, Inspector Tho asked Haliffie: "Did she know you want to have sex with her?"

He replied: "After the Lavender junction, before I turned into the Kallang area, I did ask her, 'Do you like sex' and she said, 'Ya, who doesn't?'

"From there, I touched her right thigh using my left hand and she held my left hand while I was touching her."

Inspector Tho: "Did she say she wanted to have sex with you at any time?"

Haliffie: "She did not say, but we caressed, touched each other and the feeling is already hyped, like don't have to ask anymore."

Despite this, he said his main intention was to rob her and he looked for a quiet place to commit the robbery.

When he got to the Kallang Bahru bridge, he stopped the car.

"I actually just wanted to push her out and take her bag. But then I don't know why I just jumped over to her and positioned myself in between her legs," said Haliffie.

He said the woman looked "attractive and hot" and they started kissing before having sex for about five minutes.

After that, he asked her: "Do you like it?"

She replied, "Ya" and smiled, he said.

He then drove the car for about 200m before stopping again.

He said: "I opened the front passenger door and used my left hand to push her out of the car. The moment she was out of the car, I didn't even close... the door and I quickly drove off."

He reached a carpark near his Bukit Batok home at around 7.15am, looked through her handbag and took out an ez-link card, a mobile phone, $18 and a bottle of Bvlgari perfume.

He dumped the bag near a staircase next to a dustbin at Block 237 and went home. After breakfast, he sold the mobile phone for $150 and went home to sleep. The police arrested him at his flat two days later.

Haliffie will be taking the stand when the trial resumes today.

If convicted of rape, he can be jailed between eight and 20 years and receive at least 12 strokes of the cane.

If convicted of robbery, he can be jailed between three and 14 years, and receive at least 12 strokes of the cane.

ashaffiq@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on May 22, 2015.
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