A 64-YEAR-OLD man targeted his neighbours’ son and daughter, getting them to perform oral sex on him in exchange for money and cigarettes.
He started exploiting the boy in 2016 – when he was 13 – before setting his sights on the girl a year later when she turned the same age.
All three cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the victims’ identities.
The man pleaded guilty yesterday to four charges of sexually penetrating a minor under 14.
Eleven other charges will be taken into consideration during sentencing at a later date, including four for exhibiting pornographic videos to a person under 21.
The court heard that the man was working as a dishwasher and lived alone in a Housing Board flat.
He became acquainted with the victims through their father, who would occasionally invite him to their unit in the same block.
Sometime in the first half of 2016, the boy visited the man’s flat.
He had done so before on two occasions to get cigarettes.
The two then smoked and watched pornography on a laptop, before the man asked the boy for oral sex. When the teenager complied, the man gave him S$20 (RM62) and cigarettes, and told him not to tell anyone.
The boy did the same act again in mid-2016. He had gone to the flat as he knew that the man would offer money and cigarettes for sexual services, the court heard.
In May 2017, the other victim went to the flat for cigarettes. The man asked the girl to remove her shirt after they smoked together.
She did not want to do so but later complied when he repeatedly insisted, and then got her to perform oral sex.
He later passed her S$40 (RM124) and told her not to tell anyone.
She repeated what she did a few days later, and received cigarettes and S$50 (RM155).
The offences were discovered during investigations following an unrelated police report made by the girl on Nov 2, 2019, in which she claimed her father had raped her.
Yesterday, Justice Aedit Abdullah called for a report assessing the man’s suitability for preventive detention – a regime for recalcitrant offenders that does not offer the usual one-third remission for good behaviour. — The Straits Times/ANN