Serial rapist 18 year-old Marcus Yow Kai Wen, fresh from an 18 month long probation for a string of sexual assaults against 4 other women in 2014, has landed himself in jail again.

His latest offence involves forcing himself on a woman near the block of flats where she lived. Threatening her with a 15cm-long letter opener, he dragged the woman to a quiet block and told her to strip. After failing to have sex with her because she was wearing a tampon, he performed other sexual acts on her.

According to court documents, Yow was motivated to commit the heinous crime after watching porn.

Defense counsel Amarick Gill successfully pleaded for the judge to impose only a minimum sentence of 8 years jail and 12 strokes of the cane, despite his history of violently attacking and performing sex acts on innocent victims.

In sentencing Yow on Monday, Justice Choo Han Teck said he would ordinarily have imposed the maximum sentence of 10 years and 12 strokes of cane on him.

Yow got the minimum sentence only because of his youth, said Justice Choo, who urged Yow to get psychiatric help.

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