69-year-old Tan Jeck Tuang, pleaded guilty to one count of rape and one count of outrage of modesty, and he was sentenced on 5 September to 15 years imprisonment.
6 other charges for assault by penetration and outrage of modesty were considered during his sentencing.
According to The Straits Times, the nightmare began when the victim started working for 69-year-old Tan Jeck Tuang in August 2020. Her primary responsibility was to care for Tan, who had been diagnosed with vascular dementia earlier that year.
Vascular dementia is a condition characterized by progressive memory loss and personality changes due to reduced blood supply to the brain.
On November 2020, Tan’s sinister intentions came to light. He asked the victim to prepare food for him and, after eating, called her back into his room to collect the cutleries and plate.
He then pulled her hand and told her to “sleep” as she felt weak and like she was about to faint, before Tan then kissed her, lifted up her shirt and performed various obscene acts on the victim, before apologising to her and telling her that he enjoyed her body.
The nightmare didn’t end there. Sometime between February and March 2021, Tan again assaulted the victim, this time with even more brutality. He forced her to perform oral intercourse on him, leaving her traumatized and emotionally scarred.
On April 11, 2021, she decided she could endure no more and tried to leave the flat. Tan’s brother, attempting to prevent her from escaping, contacted the police.
Tan was arrested on the same day, and the legal proceedings began. During the trial, Tan’s lawyer argued for leniency due to his advanced age. However, Justice Abdullah firmly stated that age should not be a justification for lighter sentencing.
Justice Abdullah stated, “Those who do not wish to die in prison are advised not to commit offenses that would leave them to die in prison.”