06 Apr '11, 12am

7 years, 8 strokes for rape

7 years, 8 strokes for rape

Ong Mingwee (hiding behind the umbrella), 29, took the victim to his home after meeting her at Zouk. He took away her cellphone while she was calling her mother for help. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW HE SAID he had consensual sex with the woman, but the judge did not buy that. Yesterday, Ong Mingwee, 29, was sentenced to seven years' jail and eight strokes of the cane for raping the then 22-year-old woman. The self-employed man, who claimed during a nine-day trial early this year that the woman had consented to having sex hours after they met at Zouk disco in 2009, is out on $30,000 bail pending his appeal. In her oral grounds of decision, District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim said she had serious reservations about his defence that there was consent. 'If she had consented, why would she call her mother - please come and get me? She wanted to go home,' said the judge, noting that ...

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