Foreign worker who had sex with 12-year-old girl gets 22 years' jail and 18 strokes of the cane - Asean+
SINGAPORE (ANN): A construction worker gave his phone numbers to a 12-year-old girl who caught his eye on the MRT, then sexually groomed her before taking her to secluded areas for sex. On Friday (April 12), Bangladeshi Das Ratan Chandra, 41, was sentenced to 22 years' jail and 18 strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to three charges of statutory rape. On April 23, the girl's mother became worried after seeing the volume of messages between the girl and the accused. The next day, the couple confiscated her phone and found sexually explicit text message exchanges with the accused. Deputy Public Prosecutor Winston Man sought least 22 years' jail and 18 strokes of the cane, arguing that the accused had "deliberately and consciously cultivated the victim for sexual purposes".