SINGAPORE – With her family members not paying attention, a 54-year-old unemployed man lured a five-year-old girl away from a Housing Board void deck with the promise of ice cream. He led her to another block, pulled down her pants and underwear, before putting his finger into her.

Chin Wei Foong then got his victim the ice cream as promised, but was arrested as he was bringing her back.

On Friday, he was sentenced to eight years’ jail after pleading guilty to sexually penetrating her private parts, between 9am and 10.31am on March 9 this year.

The court heard that around 6am, the girl, a Malaysian, had arrived in Singapore together with her family. They stopped by her aunt’s flat in Tampines. Then the child followed her aunt and grandmother to another block nearby, to attend a recycling event organised by a charity. Chin was also present at the event, where he spotted the girl sitting at the void deck pulling ring tabs from drink cans. He watched her for half an hour before approaching her and asking if she wanted ice cream. She agreed and followed him to a void deck about 10 minutes away, remaining silent as he committed the offence.

Chin also admitted to kidnapping the girl from her guardian, and an unrelated charge of molesting another 10-year-old girl by slapping her buttock. He could have been jailed up to 20 years and fined, but cannot be caned as he is over the age of 50.

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