An Indian man in his thirties has been jailed for 13 yrs for sexually assaulting a minor girl.
Identified as Udhayakumar Dhakshinamoorthy, he was a minimart worker who went on to court a 12-year-old girl with gifts with ill intent.
It was alleged in the court that he groomed her to engage in intrusive sexual acts with him over a period of three months in 2016, as per sources.
Announcing the sentence at the High Court on Thursday, Judicial Commissioner Pang Khang Chau said that Udhayakumar had exploited the innocence and naivety of the girl and morally corrupted her.
The offence, which took place between September and December 2016, came to light after Dhakshinamoorthy’s pregnant girlfriend discovered a nude video of the minor girl on his phone.
The man admitted that he tried to have sex with the girl on two occasions, but failed.
After his second foiled attempt, he gave the girl 50 Singapore dollars, ended their “relationship” and no longer allowed her to take things from
the minimart for free.