Warning: This article contains depictions of sexual assault. Reader discretion is advised.
A 31-year-old Singaporean man was sentenced to 40 years in jail and the maximum of 24 strokes of caning on Sep. 18, 2023, for sexually assaulting six young boys over eight years, from 2012 to 2020.
The youngest boy was only six at the time of the offences, and the oldest was 13.
Three of the victims were his cousins' children.
The prosecution described the case as "among the worst cases of paedophilic sexual abuse that has come before the courts".
The man was not named due to a gag order protecting the victims' identities.
The man became acquainted with two of his earlier victims when he played soccer with them about 10 years ago.
In 2013, he followed one of them, then 11, into a public toilet.
While the boy relieved himself, the man sexually assaulted him.
The man also lured the other victim, whom he saw as a "godbrother", to a staircase landing.
This, too, ended with the victim, who was then 10, being sexually assaulted.
The man's other victims were found closer to home.
Stayed over with relatives
In 2019, the man stayed over at his aunt's apartment in Woodlands, where one of his cousin's then nine-year-old sons was lodged.
The boy was said to have shared a close relationship with the man.
One night, the man molested the boy while sleeping with the victim's brother in the living room.
Sometime in August 2020, the man occasionally stayed over at another cousin's place.
Knowing that the man's mother was worried about her son's employment, this cousin, who delivered parcels for a living, had offered the man a job as his assistant for S$500 monthly.
Within a month of him accepting this new job, the man made his move on this cousin's son.
The man would sexually abuse his nephew, then six years old, while distracting the boy with handphone games.
Over the next three months, this sexual abuse escalated to him cajoling the boy and his then 8-year-old stepbrother to ...