Creative ... but evil

This evil genious was only 14 when he hatched the idea to trick two girls into performing sexual acts. Damn. So young. Creative, maybe. But damn evil, for sure. Hope he'd get the maximum penalty!!

He was 14 when he masterminded a plan with three friends to trick two girls into performing sexual acts.

The boys, who were then between 12 and 15 years old, pretended to be possessed by "Chinese gods", forcing the girls to do their bidding.

The mastermind pleaded guilty in July to two counts of rape and another two for sexual assault by penetration.

Eight other charges for offences including rape and molest will be taken into consideration during sentencing.

The youngsters will not be named due to a gag order.

The boys used to be friends with their victims, who were then 14 and 15 years old.

The court heard that the mastermind, now a 17-year-old old dropout, was inspired by what he saw at a Chinese temple he used to frequent as a child and decided to pretend to be possessed by "the Chinese god of hell" to trick the girls.

He shared the plan with his friends who agreed to carry it out.

The mastermind then invited all five youngsters to his flat sometime in February or March 2008 where the plan swung into action.

He brought them into his bedroom and pretended to be possessed by jumping around and rocking the chair he was in.

His accomplices did likewise to scare the two girls who were ordered to strip.

The mastermind then grabbed one of the girls and warned her the "Chinese god" would harm her and her loved ones if she disobeyed.

And after she removed her clothes out of fear, he forced her to perform a sexual act on him before raping her.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kavita Uthrapathy said the girl was silent throughout her ordeal as she truly believed the boy was possessed.

From then until April 2008, the boy used the same tactic to deceive both girls into performing sexual acts on him and his friends.

Only the mastermind and his youngest accomplice have been convicted of their offences.

The youngest boy, who is now 16 years old, was given 24 months probation in the Juvenile Court this June.

The cases involving the two other youngsters are now at the pre-trial conference stage.

DPP Kavita has pressed for the mastermind to be jailed and caned despite his age and clean record prior to the case.

She recognised that as far as possible, first-time young offenders under 21 years old should be kept out of prison, with the idea of rehabilitation as an important sentencing consideration.

But the prosecution felt the boy's offences were so serious that "the principle of deterrence should take centre-stage".

The mastermind is represented by lawyer Josephus Tan and the case will be mentioned again on September 9.

The boy could be jailed up to 20 years and fined or caned for each rape charge.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Dropout pretended to be possessed to rape girls".

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