20-year-old sex predator Goh Kar Aip has been sentenced in court on Monday (April 23) for committing sexual offences against underage girls as young as 12 years old.
His lust for sexual escapades earned him 16 years in jail and 15 strokes of the cane.
The 20-year-old, better known as “Kai” to his victims, would use social media channels, such as Facebook and Instagram, to scout for his victims and veer conversations to a sexual topic.
After chatting the girls up and gaining their confidence, he would then progress a step further and request nude photos from the girls and reciprocate with his own.
Kai was first arrested in December 2014 after threatening to find and tie her up after she repeatedly refused to send him nude photos and begged him to stop harassing her. He was given a 12-month conditional stern warning, but continued to prey on young victims.
Notoriously, while on bail, he befriended a 12-year-old girl on Instagram in December 2015, and asked her to be his girlfriend the same day. She had just finished her PSLE and when they met in person on December 19, Kai took her to his flat at Hougang Street 51 and sexually assaulted her in his bedroom.
When the girl attempted to leave him, Kai threatened to expose their sexual conversation on Whatsapp. Naive and afraid, she agreed to meet up with him again in the same month.
Justifying his decision, Justice Kannan Ramesh said there were no mitigating factors. “I do not see any hint of remorse or contrition from the accused,” he said. He added that Kai had “no real appreciation” of the criminality of his actions.
Was Kai’s sentence heavy enough compared to the weight of his actions which may have potentially scarred his victims for life?