Taxi driver jailed for indecent act with stepdaughter

SINGAPORE - A 37-year-old part-time taxi driver was sentenced to four months in jail yesterday for touching his then 14-year-old stepdaughter in a sexual way.

The court heard that the man, who cannot be named to protect the minor, asked the girl to massage his back at their Choa Chu Kang flat in late 2009.

While he lay on his back fully clothed, he reached out to touch her thigh, then turned over to kiss her on the lips.

He then touched her inappropriately, and tried to get her to touch him back. After which, he requested for sex.

At this point, the girl's mother entered the room. When she saw what was happening, she yelled at her husband, and the girl burst into tears.

The girl remained fully clothed throughout the ordeal.

She is the only child from the wife's previous marriage and is now 16 years old.

The girl's mother did not make a police report, and the incident only came to light when the girl told her principal what had happened in April last year. The school then informed the police.

Defence counsel Noor Marican asked District judge Ng Peng Hong to impose a lighter sentence as the stepfather has promised not to commit the same offence again.

The taxi driver is receiving free representation from Mr Marican under a legal aid scheme by the Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore.

The man has since reconciled with his wife, the counsel added. The couple have nine children between the ages of six to 14.

The man could have been jailed for up to two years or/and fined up to $5,000.