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A maid committed several obscene and indecent acts with her employer's son and told the child that she had recorded a video of them engaging in sexual activities.
The offences took place between January 2016 and May 2016, when the boy was aged between 11 and 12 years old.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Chee Ee Ling told the court whenever she and the boy argued, the Indian national would threaten to show the video to the minor's parents.
According to The Straits Times, court documents did not state whether or not the maid had actually recorded a video.
District Judge Ng Peng Hong found the 33-year-old woman guilty of four counts of sexual exploitation and one count of causing alarm to the boy, after the five-day trial.
The maid, who worked for the family between January 2015 and July 2016, was sentenced on Nov 22 to one year and six months in jail.
Mr Jonathan Cho, one of her defence lawyers, told the Straits Times on Nov 28 that she will be appealing against her conviction and sentence.
The maid cannot be named because of a gag order to protect the boy's identity.
The boy testified during the trial and said that she had sexually exploited him on numerous occasions when he was alone at home with her.
Court documents said that the maid started priming the boy for sexual activities by first making an obscene gesture suggesting sexual intercourse before walking away.
A few days later, she called him to the kitchen and asked him to kiss her on the lips, testified the boy.
The court heard that he then complied out of curiosity.
The DPP said that these kisses progressed to more intense sexual activities.
The boy told the court that, later, the maid would refuse to bring him water when he asked for it and they had several arguments.
"Then one day, the accused suddenly told the victim that she had recorded a video of them engaging in sexual activities and she would show this video clip to her brother and the victim's parents.
"This alarmed and scared the victim, and whenever disputes arose between the accused and the victim, she would remind the victim that she had this video clip to silence him," DPP Chee told Judge Ng.
On July 11, 2016, matters came to a head when the boy called his father and said that the maid was about to hit him.
The man came home, but the maid tried to convince him that nothing had happened.
She then told the man: "Do you know what your son is doing?"
The boy's father sensed that something was wrong when the agitated boy immediately fell silent.
He then took the child to a bedroom for a talk.
When he told his father about his encounters with the maid, the child was in tears.
The police were alerted five days later.
The woman was represented pro bono by Mr Cho and two other lawyers from his firm, Mr Ronald J.J. Wong and Mr Tedrick Chai.
During the trial, she did not have a lawyer to represent her and they only came in during the closing submissions.
The lawyers urged the court to acquit the woman and said in their submissions that according to the client, it was the boy who had behaved inappropriately towards her by performing indecent acts.
The maid's case was that the boy cooked up the story against her as he feared his own acts would be uncovered, said the defence lawyers.
The woman is now out on bail.
Read the full story at The Straits Times.