Photo of Pramanik Liton from The New Paper

A Bangladeshi construction has been sentenced to 17 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane yesterday (May 19) for raping a PRC national woman. On the morning of 8 Feb 2015, construction worker Pramanik Liton, 24, carried a 16cm-long knife and waited at Lornie Trial at MacRitchie Reservoir Park for any loan female jogger. A 40-year-old PRC national happened to be hiking at where the foreign worker was awaiting to ambush. The Bangladeshi national pressed the knife blade to her neck and pulled her into forest. After raping her several times in the forest, the Bangladeshi gave her S$50 to “get medicine so she would not get pregnant”.

The Bangladeshi rapist, unrepresented by any lawyer, denied the rape charges in court and even said that he did not touch her. However, DNA tests of the semen and other forensic evidence found on the victim proved otherwise. The rapist also lied in court claiming that he did not talk to the victim and has instead, in his words, “made sounds”. These declaration in court contravened the earlier statements he made earlier with the police.

The Singapore judge rubbished the rapist’s defence and sentenced him to 17 years’ jail and the maximum 24 strokes of cane for rape offences in Singapore.