Friends and Heroes sometimes are just mutually exclusive...

What puzzles me is how the victim's two male friends did not choose to subdue the culprit together. Instead they went to seek help from a nearby fire post. Why did they not call the police instead?! Or even to ask the piano teacher to call the police on their behalf?!

The culprit was proven guilty alright. No doubt about it. The monster is sentenced to 13 years' jail & 15 strokes of the cane. A little consolation for the victim.

A 24-YEAR-OLD polytechnic student was on Friday sentenced to 13 years' jail and 15 strokes of the cane for raping a 13-year-old secondary school student.

Wang Jianbin had befriended the girl in October 2008 after coming across her email address in the 'making friends' column of a teenage magazine. They started to communicate via text mesages and telephone calls.

But he started asking her sexual questions and sent her sexually explicit text messages. In December 2009, he asked to meet at her home.

The girl asked two male friends, 17 and 18, to hide in her mother's room and to call for help if she could not handle Wang.

When Wang arrived, the girl brought him to her room as he demanded. She did so because she thought he would not dare to do anything to her because her brother was having a lesson with his piano teacher in the living room. But inside, Wang molested her.

One of the girl's male friends came into the room and struggled with Wang but he made the girl tell the friend to leave. Both teenage boys then went to seek help from a nearby fire post, in their absence, Wang raped the girl. The two teenage boys then returned with several civil defence officers. The police arrived shortly after and arrested Wang.

From Straits Times, "Man gets 13-years' jail for raping 13-year-old student".



Update: the identity of the culprit is revealed. He's Wang Jian Bin.

They had been acquainted for less than two months, but the then 23-year-old polytechnic student was already sending lewd text messages to the 13-year-old girl.

When she repeatedly spurned his advances and requests to meet, Wang Jian Bin threatened the girl in order to force himself on her.

The High Court yesterday sentenced Wang, a Chinese national who obtained citizenship in 2005, to 13 years in jail and 15 strokes of the cane for raping the minor on Dec 2 two years ago.

The girl, who is now 15, cannot be named to protect her identity.

The court heard that Wang, now 24, got to know the girl through a teen magazine sometime in October that year.

Wang began pestering her to meet and sent explicit text messages to the girl, but she ignored him.

On Dec 2, 2009, Wang threatened to ask his "gang" to create trouble for her and her friends, and to also expose her purported sexual relationship with her boyfriend to her parents unless she allowed him into her home.

She caved in and Wang forced himself on her in her bedroom.

In mitigation, defence lawyer Irving Choh said his client came from a broken family and urged the court for leniency towards a young and exemplary student.

Mr Choh added that Wang sought more strokes of the cane in exchange for a shorter jail term so that he could go back to his mother and younger sister as early as possible.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Chua Ying-Hong, however, pressed for a minimum sentence of 10 years in jail and six strokes of the cane, arguing that Wang had groomed the victim for sexual relations.

From the suggestive text messages he had sent, it was apparent that he was planning to have sex with her.

During the sentencing, Justice Chan Seng Onn noted that Wang had harassed the victim by "continuously sending her sexual and depraved messages despite being told to stop".

Wang had also preyed on his victim's young age by frightening her with threats. Worse, the assault took place in the sanctity of the girl's home, the judge added.

Two other charges of criminal intimidation and sexual penetration of a person under the age of 16 were taken into consideration during the sentencing yesterday.

The rape of a minor below 14 carries a maximum 20-year jail term, a fine or caning.

From Today, "Former poly student who raped minor jailed".



Update: more details revealed such as how the victim's friend (the 18-year-old friend) barged into the room with a martial arts spear belonging to the girl's brother, but yet still unable to defeat this Wang Jianbin. A formidable monster indeed, huh?

A 24-year-old polytechnic student was sentenced to jail for 13 years by Singapore's High Court on Friday after he was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old.

Wang Jianbin had raped the teenager in her room while her brother was in the living room with his piano teacher.

The former commando pleaded guilty to rape. One charge each of criminal intimidation and sexual assault were taken into consideration as well.

High Court judge Chan Seng Onn also ordered Wang to be given 15 strokes of the cane.

Wang had asked through his lawyer for more strokes of the cane so that he could have a shorter jail sentence to be with his mother and 10-year-old sister, but the judge did not say if the request affected his sentence, according to The Straits Times.

The punishment was heavier than expected as the prosecution had asked the court to give him at least 10 years' jail and six strokes of the cane.

Wang came here from China with his family in 1997 and became a Singaporean in 2005.

Through a 'making friends' column in a teen magazine, Wang got to know the secondary school girl involved in October 2009.

Even though she told him she had a boyfriend and was not interested, the then 23-year-old still harassed her through instant messaging, text messages and phone calls.

Wang kept plying her with sexual questions, such as the colour of her underwear and whether she had a boyfriend she had sex with.

Uneasy, the girl told him that she was in a sexual relationship with her boyfriend and was not interested in meeting him when he pressed to meet with her.

On 2 Dec, with a 17-year-old male friend visiting her in her home, the girl received messages from Wang asking for her address as he wanted to visit her.

But she turned him down, and even gave the phone to her friend and asked him to pose as her father to give a warning to Wang not to harass her, the newspaper reported.

Unfazed, Wang said that he already knew where she lived. He threatened to "find trouble" and bring his gang to "mess up" her home and reveal to her parents that she had sex with her boyfriend.

The friend then called another boy, aged 18, to join them at her home for backup.

When Wang arrived, the girl had already instructed the two boys to hide in her mother's room and to call for help if she could not deal with Wang.

The girl thought that Wang would not do anything to her with her brother and his piano teacher in the flat, and followed his instructions to bring him to her room.

After closing the door, Wang started violating the girl.

Thinking to help the girl, the 18-year-old friend barged into the room with a martial arts spear belonging to the girl's brother.

But it was a futile attempt as he was chased out after a struggle.

While her two friends ran for help, Wang raped her. When the boys returned with civil defence officers, followed by the police, Wang was still around and was arrested.

The punishment for rape is up to 20 years' jail and caning or a fine.

From Yahoo! News, "Poly student sentenced to 13 years’ jail for rape".

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