Man charged with attempted aggravated rape, causing hurt during robbery

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A 54-year-old man was charged at a district court on Wednesday (15 March) for attempted aggravated rape and voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery.

Isa Ahmad is said to have committed the offences on two women on Sunday.

According to the charge sheet, the accused had attempted to commit aggravated rape on his first victim, a 27-year-old woman, in a room at the Hilton Hotel at around 11.30am that day.

The accused allegedly covered his victim’s face with a towel before pushing her into the room, where he then attempted to rape her, said a police news release on Tuesday. Following a struggle, he then fled the room.

Isa was also charged with one count of voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery. He stands accused of robbing a 48-year-old woman of her iPhone in a lift at Tang Plaza at about 5.37pm on the same day. The identities of the women cannot be revealed due to a court order.

According to the police release, the second woman said that a man had entered the lift with her and used a towel to cover her face. The man attempted unsuccessfully to grab her handbag but managed to flee with the woman’s mobile phone.

Appearing before District Judge Christopher Goh, Isa – who was arrested within 24 hours of the first incident – kept his head down as both charges were read to him in Malay.

Judge Goh called for Isa to be remanded at Alpha Police Division for further investigations as he could be involved in other cases.

If convicted of attempted aggravated rape, Isa faces a jail term of up to 20 years and at least 12 strokes of the cane. He could also be jailed up to 20 years and given at least 12 strokes of the cane if found guilty of voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery.