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26-yr-previous Norvan Tan En Jie has been sentenced to 9 years, 9 months, and 4 weeks of jail together with eight strokes of the cane for sexually assaulting his sister’s pal again in 2016.
Tan is the co-founding father of the native meals and beverage enterprise Beef Bro.
He was beforehand convicted of his prices, two counts of sexual assault by penetration and two counts of concern of modesty, on Jul. 15 this yr.
He had pled not responsible to these prices and claimed trial on Sep. 29, 2020.
Prosecution sought longer jail time period
According to CNA, Deputy Public Prosecutors Ng Yiwen and Niranjan Ranjakunalan had sought an extended jail time period of 10 years and 5 months, citing aggravating components.
They famous that the sufferer, which can’t be named due to a gag order, was in a state of vulnerability when she was assaulted by Tan, CNA reported.
She was so drunk that she didn’t have the energy to discuss, change out of her garments, and she or he fell twice when Tan helped her out of the bathroom, they added.
According to Today, the prosecutors additionally mentioned that it was clear that Tan was “fully cognisant” of how intoxicated the sufferer was and had “deliberately exploited” her vulnerability to “satiate his perverse sexual desires”.
They additionally famous how Tan had not used a condom, which had been in previous instances dominated as an aggravating issue because it exposes the sufferer to dangers of sexually transmitted illnesses, Today reported.
Letters from household submitted to court docket by defence
In reply, defence counsel Amarjit Singh argued that these weren’t aggravating components, and he described Tan as an “aspiring” and “kind-hearted” particular person, CNA reported.
Today additionally reported that Singh submitted letters from Tan’s household, together with from his mother and father, aunt, sister and himself.
According to Today, the decide questioned Singh on whether or not he knew the letters weren’t mitigating components the court docket can have in mind.
Singh replied that they have been submitted so the decide is aware of “where he had come from and what he had achieved in life”, Today wrote.
Defence to make enchantment
In his sentencing, High Court decide Ang Cheng Hock thought-about the sufferer’s vulnerability and incapacity to resist as aggravating components, The Straits Times (ST) reported.
He additionally elevated the bail quantity from S$75,000 to S$95,000 after prosecutors argued that Tan was a “successful entrepreneur” primarily based on his personal accounts, Today wrote.
The prosecution additionally sought to order digital tagging for Tan, however the request was denied by the decide after Singh submitted that Tan’s passport had already been impounded.
Tan was launched on bail after Singh advised the court docket that an enchantment can be submitted in opposition to the conviction and sentencing, ST reported.
Judge discovered defence’s case unconvincing throughout Jul. 15 conviction
The sexual assault had taken place within the early hours of Dec. 26, 2016.
The sufferer was 19 on the time.
Tan and the sufferer have been at Tan’s home after an evening out on Christmas the night earlier than.
Tan dedicated the acts of sexual assault a number of instances all through the morning whereas the sufferer was intoxicated.
The sufferer made a police report on Dec. 27, 2016 after realising what had occurred.
In laying out his conviction on Jul. 15 earlier this yr, the decide had discovered Tan’s account of occasions a “concocted” afterthought, noting that his assertion to police was missing in particulars.
He additionally discovered the defence’s case unconvincing, noting that whereas that they had failed to present knowledgeable testimonies regardless of arguing alternative routes which Tan’s semen may have ended up on the sufferer’s shirt.
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