Woman allegedly raped, robbed by man who offered ride

Woman allegedly raped, robbed by man who offered ride
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A 34-YEAR-OLD woman who had trouble hailing a taxi at 5am got into the car of a stranger who offered to drive her farther up the road.

But she claimed that the "good Samaritan" turned out to be a rapist and robber, who stopped the car at a bridge in Kallang Bahru and had his way with her before he kicked her out of the vehicle.

Yesterday, Haliffie Mamat, a storeman, stood trial for raping the woman in his Proton Savvy in the early morning of May 4, 2013, and robbing her of a branded handbag and various items inside.

The woman, now 36, cannot be named under a gag order.

Haliffie, 24, denies raping her and disputes the contents of her handbag.

The prosecution has lined up 40 witnesses to prove its case against Haliffie in a High Court trial scheduled for eight days.

Laying out the prosecution's case, Deputy Public Prosecutor Sellakumaran Sellamuthoo told the court that the woman had been trying to get a cab at a taxi stand at Liang Court and, later, along River Valley Road.

She waited for about an hour before Haliffie pulled up in front of her and offered to drive her farther up where it was easier to flag down a taxi. After she got into the front passenger seat, Haliffie offered to take her home. She accepted.

She dozed off during the ride. When she woke up, she found that the car had stopped on a bridge.

The DPP said the evidence will show that Haliffie stopped the woman from getting out of the car and threw her Louis Vuitton handbag to the back seat.

He then allegedly restrained her and raped her after a struggle, during which she hit him on the head with her shoe.

After the rape, which allegedly took place between 6.30am and 6.45am, Haliffie drove off for a short distance before stopping the car. He opened the door on her side, kicked her out and fled with her bag. Stranded, she got into a taxi that stopped at a traffic light.

The cabby will testify that she told him that she had been raped and asked to go to the police station, said the DPP.

Officers at the Geylang Neighbourhood Police Centre will also testify that she was visibly injured when she reported the rape and robbery.

Haliffie was traced by the police when he sold a mobile phone that was in her bag.

Doctors will testify on her injuries and that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of her ordeal, said the DPP.

The prosecution will also produce forensic evidence showing that Haliffie's DNA was found in her nail clippings and on her shoe.

The woman testified in court yesterday behind closed doors.

Haliffie, defended by Mr Lionel Leo and Mr Joel Chng under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, is likely to contend that it was consensual sex.

If convicted of rape, he faces jail of between eight and 20 years and at least 12 strokes of the cane. If convicted of robbery, he faces jail of between three and 14 years and at least 12 strokes of the cane.

selinal@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on May 19, 2015.
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