Just like how one has to look at the opposite direction of a one-way street before crossing, the trust that two half-sisters had towards their mother’s boyfriend was betrayed when the man molested them while they were sleeping.
The Malaysian man, whom the girls treated as their stepfather, molested the 8-year-old once and the 13-year-old six times while their mother and two other siblings were asleep in the same room.
He met his girlfriend, the victims’ mother, in 2014 and while unmarried, they had a daughter the following year.
He moved in with his girlfriend, her father and her children- including two sons- last year. Her father slept in a bedroom while the rest slept in the living room.
The court heard that as his modus operandi, he would only sexually touch the victims when it was dark at night and while everyone was sleeping. On one occasion, he touched the 8-year-old’s private parts as she slept, stopping when she stirred. He did the same to the older girl under similar circumstances.
When questioned about his reasons for performing such acts against them, he said: “It was an urge I guess. I can’t control my sexual urge.”
In addition, an Institute of Mental Health report stated that he has passive paedophilic tendencies which did not become active and apparent until the offences occurred.
His indecent acts were exposed when the 8-year-old girl’s child protection officer from the Ministry of Social and Family Development made a police report on May 19 last year.
The 29-year-old Malaysian, who cannot be named due to a gag order to protect his victims’ identities, pleaded guilty on Monday (May 7) to three counts of molestation involving both girls.
Four other outrage of modesty charges involving his older victim will also be taken into consideration during sentencing.
He is expected to be sentenced on May 14. For each count of molesting a girl under 14, he can be jailed for up to five years and fined or caned.