A man who was sentenced to 14 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane for sexually assaulting a boy during a Halloween sleepover in 2015 has been found to be unfit for caning.
The man appeared in court on Tuesday (October 22), where he was certified as unfit for caning because of a “previous lumbar spine fracture” and “multilevel degenerative disc disease”.
The man arrived in court in a wheelchair.
The father of three also had a spinal injury and a related neck injury, which he wore a neck brace for.
The man had molested a nine-year-old boy, who was sleeping over at his home on October 31, 2015 after a Halloween party.
He claimed that the victim could have been hallucinating after eating Halloween candy and had been “sexualised from a young age in his school environment”.
The man has another five pending charges in the State Courts relating to another eight-year-old boy, whom he is accused of committing sex-related offences on.
Justice See Kee Oon said that, “Essentially the main point that is disputed is whether he needs a mattress”, a CNA article reported.
The man’s defence counsel said that a medical report from Changi General Hospital will be helpful in ascertaining whether he needed a mattress. However, the prosecution rebutted saying that the report “may be helpful but it is not absolutely necessary”.
Both sides are to return to court on Nov 28.
The foreign executive had been found guilty of two charges of sexual assault and one charge of aggravated outrage of modesty. -/TISG
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