Foreign worker charged for alleged rape of student near Kranji War Memorial

Kranji War Memorial. (Getty Images file photo)

SINGAPORE — A foreign worker will appear in the High Court next month to face an aggravated rape charge for allegedly attacking and raping a female university student in Kranji, according to media reports on Thursday (16 May).

Indian national Chinnaiah Karthik, 21, allegedly approached the 23-year-old student along Turf Club Avenue at around 1.30am on 4 May.

The student, who reportedly attempted to defend herself, was overpowered by the man, who retaliated by attacking her.

He later dragged her into a nearby forested area between the Singapore Turf Club and Kranji War Memorial where he raped her, according to media reports and court documents.

The man was subsequently identified through surveillance footage recorded in the area, including from a camera attached to a lamp post, during police investigations.

He was arrested the next day near his dormitory during a police ambush.

Chinnaiah is currently being remanded and investigations are ongoing. He was charged last Tuesday and will appear in the High Court on 3 June.

If convicted, Chinnaiah could face a jail sentence of between eight and 20 years, and at least 12 strokes of the cane.

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