Jail and cane for armed robbery against prostitute

A delivery man who robbed a prostitute at knifepoint and made her perform oral sex on him was jailed for 3½ years and ordered to be given 12 strokes of the cane yesterday.

Koh Meng Yeow, 32, pleaded guilty to the two offences near Changi Coast Road between 1am and 2.30am on Sept 11.

A district court heard he went to Lorong 16 Geylang for dinner at about 9pm the previous night. He then wandered around the area and thought of his financial woes before deciding to rob someone.

While driving the company lorry around at about 1am, Koh spotted the 24-year-old Vietnamese standing at Lorong 30 Geylang. He wound down his window and asked "how much?", then nodded his head when she informed him it was $80 for an hour.

He told her to get in. She directed him to a hotel at Lorong 34 Geylang - but instead of heading there, he kept on driving. At one point, the victim asked him to take her back to Geylang but he remained silent, Deputy Public Prosecutor Elaine Liew said.

Later, he stopped his vehicle at a deserted area near Changi Coast Road. He took a penknife from the glove compartment and held it near her neck. She began to cry.

He took her handbag and robbed her of her $900 cellphone, $400 cash, a Special Pass issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and her identity card - before telling her to undress and perform the sex act on him.

Afterwards, he took $20 from her handbag, gave it to her and asked her to get out before driving off.

A third charge of posing as a policeman was considered during sentencing.

Koh, who has a previous conviction for drug consumption, could have been jailed for up to 14 years plus at least 12 strokes of the cane. For the sex offence, he could have been jailed for up to 20 years, fined or caned.

This article was first published on Nov 27, 2014. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.