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A teenager who was sentenced to 24 month’s probation for impregnating his 14-year-old girlfriend in 2016, and leaving their newborn son at his parents’ doorsteps, was taken to court again a year later.
While he was on probation, he had sex with the girl and impregnated her again.
The girl subsequently gave birth to another baby boy.
The accused, now 21, was sentenced to reformative training at the Reformative Training Centre (RTC) on Tuesday (March 13) after pleading guilty to one count of sexual penetration of a minor, reports Lianhe Wanbao.
While the accused was on probation in May 2016, he had asked his girlfriend for sex during a visit.
The girl agreed to his request and the two had sex at a staircase landing of an Ang Mo Kio block.
She realised that she was pregnant two months later.
At the time, the two were on probation for underage sex and endangering their first son by leaving him on the doorsteps of the accused’s parents with an anonymous note on Aug 2, 2015.
In the note, he claimed that the child’s father had died in an accident and the mother of the child was forced to abandon her kid as she could not support the baby on her own.
The accused’s parents discovered the baby and called the police.
After the investigations, police officers established that the person who had abandoned the baby at the door was the child’s father.
In lieu of his probation, the two decided to keep the pregnancy under wraps.
However, the girl started to bleed on Dec 6.
She told her mother that she was going into labour, and was conveyed to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where she gave birth to a premature baby boy.
The court heard that to avoid getting found out, the girl did not visit a gynaecologist at all.
District Judge Mathew Joseph who presided over the case, was the one who sentenced the accused to probation two years ago.
During the sentencing, District Judge Mathew Joseph said:
“I placed you on probation two years ago … I told you I’d give you a chance. You have disappointed me and your family.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to take the convenient and shorter option and send you off to the harsh environment of a prison. You may disagree with me, but I hope … this time round, you will listen to me.
“You shouldn’t look at the short-term gain of a short prison sentence, but you should look at the long-term benefits of what you need at this stage of your life. Some discipline, some character-building … there are (RTC) programmes that will address this.”
In addition to the RTC stint, the accused was also sentenced to 13 months’ jail for breaching the probation order placed in 2016.
He will serve the jail term concurrently with his stint at the RTC, which effectively means that he will not be serving any time in prison.