14 Jan '11, 8am

Rape trial: Endearing messages from martial arts coach

The instructor, now 45, faces three counts of statutory rape and four counts of sexual exploitation, allegedly committed between February and May 2007. -- PHOTO: NP FRAGMENTS of endearing messages were recovered from the computer and laptop seized from the homes of a martial arts instructor and the 16-year-old student he is alleged to have raped three years ago. One specimen read: 'Hope you know how much lao gong treasure lao po.' When the trial started on Wednesday, prosecutors said the couple even went to a temple to solemnise their 'marriage', and addressed each other as lao gong (husband in Mandarin) and lao po (wife). Part of another message stated that their love will never fade as it was more than 100 per cent true, said an investigating officer on Friday. Another promised: 'Reach (age of) 16...I get supplementary credit (card) for u so u can do some shopping also.'...

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