Norvan Tan En Jie, 26, was sentenced to nine years, nine months, four weeks in prison and eight lashes for sexually assaulting a friend of his sister in 2016.
Tan is the co-founder of Beef Bro, a local eatery.
He was convicted on July 15 of this year on two counts of sexual assault by trespassing and two counts of assault on modesty.
He pleaded not guilty to these charges and filed for trial on September 29, 2020.
The prosecution sought an extension of imprisonment
according to CNAsdeputy prosecutors Ng Yiwen and Niranjan Ranjakunalan had sought a longer sentence of 10 years and 5 months, citing aggravating factors.
They said the victim could not be named because of gag orders, but that she was in a vulnerable state when she was assaulted by Tan. CNAs report.
She was so intoxicated that she had no strength to speak or change clothes, and when Tan helped her out of the bathroom, she turned twice, they added.
according to todayprosecutors also said Tang was “fully aware” of how drunk the victim was and “deliberately exploited” her vulnerability to “satisfy his perverse sexual desires.” ‘It was clear,’ he said.
They also noted that Tan did not use a condom. today report.
A letter from the family filed with the court by the defense
In response, defense attorney Amarjit Singh argued that these were not exacerbating factors, describing Tan as an “ambitious” and “kind-hearted” individual. CNAs report.
today Shin also reported that he had submitted letters from Tan’s family, including his parents, aunt, sister, and himself.
according to todaythe judge questioned Singh as to whether he knew the letter was not a mitigating factor that the court could take into account.
Shin replied that it was submitted so that the judge would know “where he came from and what he had achieved in life.” today I have written.
defense to appeal
In the judgment, High Court Judge Ang Cheng Hok considered the victim’s vulnerability and inability to resist to be aggravating factors. The Straits Times (ST) report.
He also increased his bail from S$75,000 to S$95,000 after prosecutors claimed Tan was a “successful entrepreneur” based on his description. today I have written.
The prosecution also tried to order Tan’s electronic tagging, but the judge denied the request after Shin submitted that Tan’s passport had already been confiscated.
Tan was released on bail after Singh told the court an appeal would be filed against his conviction and sentence. ST report.
In the July 15 conviction, the judge ruled that the defense’s arguments were not persuasive.
The sexual assault took place in the early hours of December 26, 2016.
The victim was 19 years old at the time.
Tan and the victim were at Tan’s house after a night out the night before Christmas.
Tan sexually assaulted her multiple times during the morning while the victim was intoxicated.
After realizing what happened, the victim called the police on December 27, 2016.
When handing down his conviction on July 15 this year, a judge ruled that Tan’s account of the events was an afterthought of a “hoax”, noting that details were lacking in his statement to police.
He also noted that they failed to provide expert testimony, despite arguing for another method by which Tan’s semen could get on the victim’s shirt. I felt that the argument was not persuasive.
Top image by Norvan Tan/ASKfm
https://mothership.sg/2022/08/beef-bro-co-founder-26-sentenced-to-9-years-10-months-jail-caning-for-sexual-assault/ Beef Bro co-founder, 26, sentenced to almost 9 years, 10 months in prison and flogging for sexual assault – Mothership.SG