A Singapore court on Friday sentenced a Bangladeshi construction worker to 17 years in jail and and 24 strokes of the cane for abducting and raping a Chinese woman at MacRitchie Reservoir.
Pramanik Liton, 24, was found guilty of two counts of aggravated rape, one count of sexual assault by penetration and one count of abduction for illicit intercourse, reports The Straits Times.
His sentence will be backdated to February 10, 2015.
Delivering his verdict at the end of the three-day trial, Justice Choo Han Teck said that Liton’s evidence was ‘bizarre and incomprehensible’ and his outright denial was an ‘act of desperation’.
On February 8, 2015, between 1:45pm and 3:35pm, Liton abducted the 39-year-old Chinese national along a trail at the park at knife-point. He then raped her and forced her to perform oral sex on him.
He was arrested at his worksite two days after the incident, after Gurkha trackers located the crime scene and found a jackknife with his thumbprint in the forest.
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