A man who had already spent half his life in prison was sentenced to 20 years in jail on Monday in Singapore following another rape attempt in which he climbed through a bedroom window and risked a five-floor fall to get to the woman who had spurned his advances, according to reports.
Justice Chan Seng Onn told 43-year-old Razali Osman, “A serial rapist, that’s what you are,” as he sentenced him to 20 years in jail and 24 strokes of the cane for sexual assault, attempted aggravated rape, and housebreaking, said reports.
The High Court heard that Razali has convictions dating back to 1988, and was last sentenced to prison in 1993 for raping three women, two of which he also robbed. One of his victims was his girlfriend’s sister.
When he was finally released from jail in February of 2012, he moved in with his sister because he had nowhere else to stay.
One month later, his latest victim, a 31-year-old foreigner working in Singapore as an administrator, moved into his sister’s flat and occupied the room next to his.
He expressed interest in the woman, sending her flowers, but she told him she already had a fiance back home.
Razali became frustrated, and on the night of October 20 of last year hatched a plan to get into her room to “teach her a lesson,” according to a report in The Straits Times. The two were alone in the flat that night.
He proceeded to climb out the living room window of the fifth-floor flat, risking a fall, and into the window of the woman’s bedroom.
Once he got inside, Razali reportedly covered her mouth and pinned the victim onto her bed. During the ensuing struggle, he violated her and tried to rape her, as she repeatedly begged him to stop.
He eventually stopped, told her he was frustrated after she had spurned his affections, and then apologized.
The woman later filed a police report and moved out of the apartment.