Father gets jail, caning for sexually abusing 4-year-old daughter

SINGAPORE (CNA) – A Singaporean man who repeatedly sexually abused his four-year-old daughter after showing her pornography was sentenced to 15 years’ jail and 15 strokes of the cane yesterday.

The 33-year-old man, who cannot be named due to gag orders protecting the identity of his daughter, pleaded guilty to one charge each of aggravated molestation and sexual assault by penetration.

Another five charges, including showing pornography to his daughter, were considered in sentencing.

The court heard that the offender and the victim’s mother were married in 2009, but their marriage broke down a few years later.The girl and her mother moved out sometime between 2012 and 2013, but the girl would stay over at her father’s on weekends.

The man first sexually assaulted his daughter in March 2015. He continued to do so between April and May that year in his bedroom.

Each time before he molested the girl, the offender would show her pornographic videos that he was watching. On one occasion, he asked her to “follow the video”, and the victim complied.

Sometime in 2015, the victim’s mother noticed that the girl was emotional and not her usual self after she returned home from a weekend at her father’s place.

She questioned her daughter, and confronted the accused over the phone. He initially denied it but later admitted his acts, promising not to do it again and imploring her not to report the matter to the police.

The victim’s mother decided not to make a police report at first, after considering the accused’s promise and the fact that her daughter appeared distressed and would not be able to see her father in jail.

She tried to prevent her daughter from seeing her father, but eventually relented as the girl asked to do so.

The offences came to light only in July 2019, when the girl’s mother sought help at a family service centre for the victim’s behavioural issues.