41 year-old cemetery worker Roslan Jaafar has admitted in court today to raping a 12-year-old girl who was staying at the cemetery with her family.
It was understood that the girl and family had been evicted out of their HDB flat in the past and had no fixed place to stay in. They had been living in a tent at the cemetery for several months.
In March 2012, the victim and her sister began playing with Roslan’s 8 year-old son at the cemetery while Roslan was working. Roslan later visited the tent and introduced himself to their mother and grew close to the family.
Roslan saw an opportunity and began taking the girl out to run errands such as buying cigarettes and dinner. However, he used these occasions to have sex with the girl. He would fetch her on his motorbike to a quiet spot nearby and perform sexual acts and sexual intercourse with the girl. After each deed, he warned the girl not to tell her mother about it.
Roslan’s testimony described the girl as a willing party in all the sex acts. Under the law, sex with a girl under 14 with or without her consent is still considered rape.
He also added that the girl had told him that she was not a virgin, so he felt that it was okay to go ahead.
Roslan was caught only when the girl’s uncle noticed she had been missing for hours and discovered messages about “making love” on her phone.
A police report was made at the Nanyang Neighbourhood Police Centre and Roslan was arrested last year.
Yesterday, he pleaded guilty in the High Court to two counts of rape and one of sexual assault of a minor.
Two other counts of sexual assault of a minor and sexual exploitation of a child will be taken into consideration when he is sentenced at a later date.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Quek Jing Feng asked for a deterrent sentence, arguing that Roslan had exploited a young and vulnerable victim and betrayed the trust of her mother..
The Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme is considering whether to take up Roslan’s case. The case has been adjourned pending the Law Society’s decision.