Man jailed for tying up and assaulting girlfriend, threatening to rape her daughter

Amir Hussain
Senior Reporter
Goh Kim Seng, 52, earlier pleaded guilty to one count of causing grievous hurt, two of causing hurt and one of insulting the modesty of a woman. (Photo: Getty Images)

A 52-year-old man who got angry with his girlfriend for refusing to cut him some fruits tied her up with phone charging cables.

Goh Kim Seng, who had been out drinking the previous night, then sat on his 54-year-old girlfriend, slapped her face several times and punched her neck.

Shortly after, Goh asked the victim’s 15-year-old daughter whether he could rape her twice in Mandarin.

When she replied no, Goh slapped the teenager’s face twice and pulled her hair to stop her from running away.

At the State Courts on Friday (18 January), Goh, who is unemployed, was sentenced to seven years’ preventive detention.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of causing grievous hurt, two of causing hurt and one of insulting the modesty of a woman.

Demanded for cut fruits

The court heard that at about 10pm on 8 September 2017, Goh went drinking with his girlfriend and their friends. At about 3am the next morning, they went back to her flat and fell asleep.

Goh woke up at about 5am and demanded that his girlfriend cut him some fruits. She refused, saying she was tired.

The couple got into an argument and Goh used a few phone charging cables to tie up his girlfriend’s hands and legs. He sat on her, slapped her face a few times, and punched her neck once.

Shortly after, Goh entered the bedroom of his girlfriend’s daughter and woke her up. He was wearing only a shirt and underwear. He asked the teen to follow him to her mother’s room.

Goh then asked the teen twice in Mandarin, “wo ke yi qiang jian ni ma?” which meant “can I rape you?” The teen said no and Goh slapped her face twice. She then tried to run away but he pulled her hair.

Hit coffeshop patron with beer bottle

Goh, who was on bail at the time of the offences, evaded the police until he was arrested on 11 April last year.

Earlier, on 30 June 2016, Goh got into a fight with a coffeeshop patron at Block 155 Bukit Batok Street 11, and hit him on the head with a glass beer bottle. Goh and the man scuffled and hit each other.

The maximum penalty for causing grievous hurt is up to 10 years’ jail, along with a fine and caning. The maximum punishment for causing hurt is up to two years’ jail and a fine. The maximum penalty for insulting the modesty of a woman is up to one year’s jail and a fine.

The courts can sentence recalcitrant offenders to preventive detention for a period of between seven and 20 years to protect the public. Such sentences must be served in full with no reduction for good behaviour.

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