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Judicial CP - January 1997
The New Paper, Singapore, 17 January 1997
Nice guy ... then monster
The Straits Times, Singapore, 30 January 1997
Chinese national confined, robbed lounge hostess
A CHINESE national who confined, robbed and stripped a karaoke lounge hostess with two others was sentenced to a total of 8½ years' jail and 22 strokes of the cane yesterday. Yu Daichao, 20, who pleaded guilty, was given six years and 12 strokes for robbing the woman of $1,322 worth of property with two accomplices at Guillemard Hotel in Geylang on Dec 27. During the robbery, the 26-year-old victim, also a Chinese national, was punched. She also alleged that she was raped during the confinement.
Yu was given 30 months and six strokes for restraining and molesting the victim, two months and four strokes for overstaying since April last year, and four months for wrongful confinement.
District Judge Syed Alwee Alsree ordered the first two sentences to run consecutively. The other two are concurrent.
The case against one of the accomplices, a 26-year-old Chinese national, is pending. He was also charged with two counts of raping the woman yesterday. The third man is still at large.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Janet Wang said the three men invited the woman and another hostess for supper on Dec 27 after meeting them at their workplace.
At a food centre, the 26-year-old accomplice went to Guillemard Hotel to book a room.
When they got to the hotel at about 3 am, the accomplice grabbed her and stuffed a sock into her mouth. When the other woman tried to help, the third man pulled her away and threatened to kill her.
Yu and his accomplice then tied the victim with masking tape and also taped her mouth. They then carried her into the bathroom and robbed her.
The third man cut her blouse and brassiere with a knife, then passed the knife to the other two, who cut her skirt and panties.
He forced her to reveal the personal identification number of an ATM card, but when she told them that it was a souvenir, they punched and kicked her.
He also forced her to call her family in China to deliver 300,000 yuan (S$51,800) to a certain hotel in Fuqing, Fujian. Her sister reported the matter to the authorities there.
The victim escaped at about 8 am on Dec 29, when Yu and the accomplice fell asleep while guarding her.
DPP Wang said she got hold of a shirt to cover herself. She contacted a Singaporean, who then took her to Geylang West Neighbourhood Police Post to make a report.
In mitigation, Yu, who was shivering in the dock, said he came to Singapore to look for work. He said he went along with the third man, who suggested that he join him in committing the crimes as he could not repay the loan he had taken from him.
He said the other two had planned the offences.
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