13 Jan '11, 2am

A martial arts teacher, 41, who 'solemnised' his 'marriage' to a student, 13, was charged with statutory rape

HE WAS the instructor of the martial arts club in a secondary school, and she, a Secondary 1 student, was a new club member. A month after she joined the club, the 41-year-old married father of two asked the 13-year-old to be his girlfriend. They became physically intimate and had sex in his car. They even went to a temple to solemnise their 'marriage', and addressed each other as lao gong (husband in Mandarin) and lao po (wife). All this was related by prosecutors in the High Court yesterday, the first day of the man's trial on three counts of statutory rape and four counts of sexual exploitation. The alleged offences took place between February and May 2007. The man, now 45, is denying the allegations. He is defended by Mr Martin Decruz, and will rely on a home video shot by one of his disciples as an alibi for two of the charges. Read the full story in Thursday's editio...

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