Man jailed and caned for sexually assaulting nine-year-old boy
A man who worked as a dishwasher at a food court has been sentenced to 10 years' jail and given 15 strokes of the cane for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old boy.
Benjamin Francis, 44, was convicted of outraging the modesty and sexually assaulting a Primary 3 student on 8 November, 2011, in the early hours of the morning.
The incident occurred at one of the staircase landings of a multi-storey carpark at Tanglin Halt Road.
Francis was washing plates at a food court in the area prior to the incident.
The victim was there with a friend.
The divorcee then asked the victim for help in collecting and washing the plates.
The victim agreed while his friend left.
By the time the victim finished helping out, it was close to midnight.
Francis grabbed the victim and brought him to the multi-storey carpark at Tanglin Halt Road where he sexually assaulted the boy.
In sentencing, the district judge said what makes the case alarming is the young age of the victim.
She sentenced Francis to nine years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane for aggravated sexual assault of a person under 14 years.
She gave another one year and three strokes of the cane for the outrage of modesty charge and ordered both sentences to run consecutively.
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