Ong Soon Heng, the man who abducted and raped a then 22-year-old drunk woman in July 2014, now faces 13 1/2 years of prison time with 12 cane strokes as legal corporal punishment. The sentence was handed to him on Nov. 13.
The 40-year-old bunker surveyor was convicted in July for abducting and raping the undergraduate, who was an intern at his friend’s company, after he brought her home to his house in the early hours of July 24, Straits Times reported.
According to her friend’s testimony, she was seen kissing Ong “mouth to mouth” when they were still at the club attending a farewell party at Zouk, a popular nightclub in Singapore. She then felt uncomfortable with what transpired between them as the victim was in a relationship at the time.
The unnamed friend then trusted Ong’s word when he said he would take care of the victim and bring her home safely. In the surveillance footage, Ong is shown carrying the limp body of the woman and placing her in the backseat of his car after she got intoxicated at the party.
Instead of bringing her home, Ong reportedly drove to his house in Hume Heights where the rape occurred.
The woman, whose name has been withheld, was found by her boyfriend at Ong’s house the following morning at 6:30 a.m. He tracked his girlfriend down using her iPhone’s built-in tracker and application “Find My iPhone” after he logged into her Apple account.
He dragged the still drunk woman into his car and brought her home to her worried father, who feared that she may have been drugged. So he asked his wife to bring their daughter to a hospital to get her checked out.
Two days after the testing, it was revealed that her blood alcohol level was between 210.50 milligrams and 254.50 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood.
According to the medical report, she was heavily intoxicated and highly unlikely to have consensual sex.
The victim’s father, brother and boyfriend all confronted Ong, who denied all the allegations. But at a meeting the following day, he admitted and confessed to the crime while the father secretly recorded everything, Channel NewsAsia reported.
During the sentencing on Monday, Justice Aedit Abdullah said that Ong exploited the opportunity to be alone with the victim. There was no evidence that he laced her drinks, but his intention to commit the crime was formed the time he drove the young woman to his home.
The judge added that the woman was “greatly harmed by the criminal act of the accused.”
The father who was present in court during the sentencing said, “He deserves what he deserves.”
He also said that the suspect’s defense only “added more insult to my daughter.”