Rape carries a heavy sentence in the eyes of the law, but an even heavier impact on the victim’s life. On Thursday (April 26), a 25-year-old ex-gang leader turned salesman was sentenced to 28 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane for repeatedly raping a girl when she was 13.
Koh Rong Guang, a.k.a Charles, claimed trial to 12 charges – four of statutory rape, one of sexual assault by penetration, three of criminal intimidation, two of committing an indecent act with a young person, one of causing hurt and one of circulating a nude photo of the girl, who is now 17.
The rapes took place at the staircase of a karaoke outlet in Choa Chu Kang Centre and the staircase of a block of flats in Choa Chu Kang Crescent, near the Yew Tee Foodfare coffee shop.
Despite being on probation for rioting with a deadly weapon then, the ex-gang leader still proceeded with his heinous acts between November 2013 and January 2014.
In one traumatising incident (for the victim), Koh used a spanner to hit the wall close to the victim’s face before sexually assaulting her.
Not only did Koh rape the victim, he made her strip to take nude photos of her and even offered her to his friends as if she was his property.
The High Court said a stiff sentence was warranted to reflect his culpability and to deter potential perpetrators of such offences.
Although justice may have been served to her aggressor, we are still more concerned for the girl’s well-being in life, as this was indeed a dark chapter in her life that might be too hard to move out of.