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A father of three who performed oral sex on his sleeping tenant without the man's consent was sentenced to six years' jail and three strokes of the cane on Thursday (Aug 23).
The 38-year-old Singaporean, who is married and originally from Sri Lanka, had pleaded guilty in June to one count of non-consensual sexual penetration.
According to The Straits Times, District Judge Kessler Soh told former project engineer Waduge Buddhika Upashantha Fernando: "What you did was abhorrent. You must not commit such offences again."
The act was committed in Fernando's Kim Keat Avenue flat in Toa Payoh where he lived with his family, though it was not stated whether they were at home at the time.
His tenant, a 28-year-old Malaysian cook, had lived in the unit for about four months before the incident.
On Nov 10 last year, the victim returned to the flat at around 11.30pm and fell asleep in his room about one and a half hours later.
Fernando returned home at around 3am and was about to head out again to a nearby market when he felt an urge to have sex with another man.
When the tenant woke up about 10 minutes later, he saw Fernando committing the offence, leading him to shout and kick at the latter.
For performing the non-consensual sexual act on the cook, Fernando could have been jailed for up to 20 years and caned.
Read the full story on The Straits Times.