15 months’ jail for molesting sister-in-law

15 months’ jail for molesting sister-in-law

SINGAPORE - A man who molested his mentally subnormal sister-in-law when the two were alone at home in 2010 was Friday sentenced to 15 months in jail.

The 58-year-old took advantage of his sister-in-law, who has an IQ of 49 and needed looking after following the death of her parents.

The man's wife and her other sister would take turns to tend to her needs for three weeks at a time.

One day, when the then 39-year-old victim was staying with his family, the man called home to confirm that no one else was around, then returned to see her lying on the floor.

The man, then 55, pulled down her trousers and used his genitals to touch hers. He also sucked on her breasts.

The victim screamed for help throughout the incident but no one was around.

The man fought two charges against him but was convicted following a 12-day trial in a district court.

Calling for a 15-month jail term as punishment, Deputy Public Prosecutor Dwayne Lum said the man had breached the trust placed in him as a caregiver by his victim, who was vulnerable, and her family. He had not shown any remorse either.

By fighting the charges, DPP Lum argued, the man had also forced his sister-in-law to go through a trial and made her relive the "traumatic" experience for over two days on the witness stand.

The man is expected to appeal against both the conviction and sentence.

The maximum penalty for outraging someone's modesty using criminal force is a jail term of two years, a fine, and caning.

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