BANGLA DENIES RAPING PRC IN BROAD DAYLIGHT DESPITE SEMEN FOUND

An afternoon hike for a 40-year-old Chinese national at MacRitchie Reservoir Park turned into a horrific experience when she was raped twice at knife-point in the forested area by a Bangladeshi man.

Construction worker Pramanik Liton, 24, is on trial for allegedly abducting and raping the hiker at MacRitchie Reservoir Park in 2015. He denied all charges – four counts, including two for aggravated rape, one for sexual assault and one for abduction for illicit intercourse.

The 40-year-old Chinese national was hiking the Lornie Trail alone on Feb 8, 2015, when Liton asked her sexual intercourse. When she refused, Liton pressed a knife to her throat, covered her mouth and forced her off the trail.

That marked the beginning of her two hour nightmare from 1:45pm when she was abducted. When they were very deep in the forest, he raped her twice and make her do various sexual acts. She feared for her life and pleaded with Liton to let her go. When he was done, Liton threw the knife in the bushes and left the victim in the forest.

The victim called her then-boyfriend for help and they met at the Mushroom Cafe near the entrance of MacRitchie Reservoir Park, where he took her to make a police report immediately.

Gurkhas were activated and sent into the forest to locate the crime scene. The crime scene was located at about 9.30pm the same day. The soldier who discovered the scene said the ground was flattened in places and pieces of tissue were littered around the area. The pieces of tissue were seized by the police, and tested positive for Liton’s semen.

The knife was recovered the next day where a crime scene specialist lifted a fingerprint off the knife. The fingerprint matched Liton’s. He was arrested 2 days after the crime at the construction site where he worked.

The Bangladeshi’s semen was found on the victim’s panties, as well as on swabs taken from the victim’s mouth and vagina. His DNA was also found on the victim’s blouse, and hers was found on the knife.

Liton is not represented. Through a Bengali interpreter, he told the court: “I don’t want any lawyer.” At one point, he also insisted he “doesn’t know anything about the knife”.

If convicted of aggravated rape, Liton faces at least eight years in jail and a minimum of 12 strokes of the cane, per charge.

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