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The Straits Times
January 9, 2023
A youth had sex with two of his underage girlfriends in separate incidents and impregnated one of them.
She has since given birth to their baby, whose gender was not disclosed in court documents.
The young mother has made plans to enrol in private studies, so that she can take care of the child while improving herself.
The offender, however, has not been involved in his child’s care as he is no longer on good terms with his former girlfriend.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Gladys Lim told the court that he had also not offered to help with his child’s expenses.
On Monday, the 22-year-old man, who pleaded guilty to offences including having sex with minors and driving without a licence, was sentenced to 16 months and four weeks’ jail, as well as a fine of $2,600.
He was also disqualified from holding or obtaining all classes of driving licences for two years.
The offender cannot be named owing to a gag order to protect his victims’ identities.
He was between 18 and 19 years old when he was in a relationship with one of the underage girls from December 2018 to July 2019.
She was between 14 and 15 years old at the time.
The pair had unprotected sexual intercourse up to three times a week at her home.
The offender was 19 years old when he got into a relationship with the second minor, who was then 15, in November 2019.
The couple engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse regularly, and the girl later became pregnant.
The DPP said: “The accused was aware that (she) was pregnant with his baby. Subsequent DNA sampling confirmed that the baby belonged to the accused.
“On March 18, 2020, when (she) went for her pregnancy check-up... a doctor at Bukit Batok Polyclinic lodged (a report that the underage victim was pregnant).”
The couple broke up in April 2020.
Court documents did not disclose what happened next, but in an unrelated case, the offender, who did not have a valid driving licence, later borrowed a friend’s rented car.
A Traffic Police officer spotted the offender on Oct 4, 2020, as the latter was speeding along the Pan-Island Expressway in the vehicle at around 4am.
At the time, the offender was driving at a speed of 157kmh, almost double the 80kmh limit.
DPP Lim said the officer chased after the car and the offender then turned into Onraet Road near Mount Pleasant.
The car stopped when it reached a dead end and the offender was taken to the Traffic Police headquarters in Ubi Avenue 3.
While giving a statement, he lied to a policeman, claiming that he had rented the vehicle via a group on messaging platform Telegram.
He finally came clean about what he had done while giving another statement on Jan 22, 2021. It was not stated why he decided to tell the truth.
The offender’s bail was set at $15,000 on Monday, and he is expected to start serving his jail sentence on Jan 30.