Singapore — A Singaporean man was jailed Wednesday for having underage sex, even though the victim is now his wife.
The 32-year-old divorce was convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old girl whom he would later marry, and jailed a total of 18 months, which will be backdated to November 1.
District Judge Mathew Joseph remarked that this was an “unusual” case, saying it was the first case of underage sex he has heard of in Singapore where the accused and the victim are now a married couple.
And while the judge said he was prepared to consider the case differently, he also said the court did not condone the accused for having sex with a 15-year-old minor, because the couple was not married at the time the offence occurred.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Victor Lim reportedly had argued for a custodial sentence due to the fact that at the time of the offence, the couple was not married and the victim was below 16 years of age.
The accused, who formerly worked in a computer-related job, has a six-year-old daughter from his previous marriage, according to reports.
Under Singapore law, it is illegal to have sex with a person under the age of 16 with or without the minor’s consent. Sex with a person under 16 is called “Statutory Penetration of a Minor Under 16”, S376A, Penal Code, according to aware.org.sg.
The offence is called statutory rape if the minor is a girl under the age of 14.