Woman admits to hurting prostitution ring client, taking Ice

SINGAPORE - At 16, Nur Azilah Ithnin was already in trouble with the law, getting reformative training for being a loan-shark runner.

Now 20, she was in court again on Monday, this time pleading guilty to grievously hurting a 53-year-old client of a prostitution ring she was involved with.

Nur Azilah also admitted to consuming Ice, the street name for methamphetamine.

District Judge Siva Shanmugam will sentence her on Sept 23, where she faces a maximum of 10 years each for the assault and drug use and could also see her fined as much as $20,000.

Nur Azilah is one of five charged with beating up French national Didier Moise Dominguez.

The cases against the others - Malcolm Graham Head, 33; his 19-year-old girlfriend Veronica Patricia Rio; Ahmad Habiibul Hakim Assalafi, 19; and his sister Nuurul Aliyyah Abdul Talib, 23, who was working as a prostitute - are pending.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Stella Tan Wei Ling described how Mr Dominguez, a product line manager, visited an online classified site on March 3 and saw an advertisement for sexual services.

He contacted the number and asked for the prostitute in the ad to be sent to his Marina Bay Residences home. All five of the accused then took taxis there from Park Hotel at Clarke Quay.

When Aliyyah arrived at about midnight, Mr Dominguez met her at a taxi stand and brought her up to his 44th-floor unit, where they discussed the services she could provide him.

Due to an apparent misunderstanding, the Frenchman believed the $350 fee included more than normal sex.

But Aliyyah was reluctant and called her gang while she was alone in the toilet. Nur Azilah and her accomplices then turned up at the victim's home.

Nur Azilah, who armed herself with a knife from the victim's kitchen, said she kicked him twice out of anger.

Mr Dominguez, who got security to call an ambulance, suffered facial fractures and was warded for four days and given four weeks of medical leave.

Nur Azilah and her alleged accomplices were caught in a police ambush at Arab Street the next day. Her urine samples were found to contain methamphetamine.

She admitted to taking the drug in a room at Park Hotel on March 3.

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