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Shaffiq Idris Alkhatib
The Straits Times
Monday, May 7, 2018
Two half-sisters treated their mother's boyfriend as their stepfather - but the 29-year-old man abused their trust by molesting them as they slept.
Between April 17 and May 8 last year, the Malaysian man molested the eight-year-old once and the 13-year-old six times while their mother and two other siblings were asleep in the same room
The man, who cannot be named due to a gag order to protect his victims' identities, pleaded guilty on Monday (May 7) to three counts of molestation involving both girls.
Four other outrage of modesty charges involving his older victim will be taken into consideration during sentencing.
The girls have different biological fathers and their mother has custody of them.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Michael Quilindo said she met the man in 2014 and the unmarried couple had a daughter together the following year.
He began living with his girlfriend, her father and her children - also including two sons - last year. Her father slept in a bedroom while the rest slept in the living room.
The court heard that on one occasion he touched the eight-year-old's private parts as she slept, stopping when she stirred. He did the same to the older girl under similar circumstances.
DPP Quilindo told District Judge Kessler Soh: "During investigations, the accused admitted that he would only sexually touch the victims when it was dark at night and everyone was sleeping. When asked why he had performed such acts against them, he said, 'It was an urge I guess. I can't control my sexual urge'."
Read the full story on The Straits Times.