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A 28-year-old man had sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend and got her pregnant, before applying to get married after she gave birth.
He has since been sentenced to 18 months’ jail, reports Shin Min Daily News.
Court documents reveal that the accused, a sales associate, had gotten to know the girl, then 14, via a friend in December 2012.
The two started seeing each other not long after, and in June 2015, the two had intercourse after watching television in the accused’s home.
The girl became pregnant.
The police were alerted to the incident after the girl gave birth in a hospital on Feb 18, 2017.
The accused faced two charges of having sexual relations with a minor.
He was let off with a warning from the court: Not to commit any offences in the following 12 months, or he would be slapped with the original charges.
On June 30, 2017, the accused and the girl applied for a Special Marriage Licence (SML), but the two had sex before that.
According to the Women’s Charter, a minor who has yet to turn 18 needs to apply for an SML should she wish to get married.
The candidates would be assessed based on their emotional stability and attitudes to see if they are suitable to be wedded.
The couple would also have to complete a course, which is free.
Investigations revealed that the girl had gone to KK Women's and Children's Hospital for a checkup on Jun 24, 2017.
She told the doctor that she had missed her period for two months.
The doctor promptly arranged for an ultrasound procedure and confirmed that she was pregnant once again.
As the girl would only turn 16 — the legal age for consent — on July 30, 2017, the hospital thus alerted the police.
The judge mentioned on Thursday (Dec 14) that the accused had gotten the girl pregnant twice, and did not adhere to the conditions set earlier.
He also took into consideration that the accused was a repeat offender and the young age of the girl who had to bear the burden of being pregnant as factors during the sentencing.
The accused faced four charges, of which he was convicted for two, and sentenced to 18 months’ jail.