Man sentenced to eight years' jail for sex acts with friend's young nephew in Clementi

Wan Ting Koh
Reporter
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A 64-year-old man who performed sexual acts on a childhood friend’s 13-year-old nephew in Clementi was sentenced to eight years in jail on Friday (24 August).

Zailany Mohamed, a logistics contractor, pleaded guilty in court to one count of committing an obscene act with a young person and two counts of sexual penetration of a minor. Two counts of a similar nature were taken into consideration for sentencing.

The victim, who has an IQ of 70, first came to know the offender in December 2015 through his uncle, who grew up in the same village as Zailany. The boy, his uncle and Zaliany would cycle and play soccer together.

On 20 March 2016, Zailany met the uncle and the victim at a coffeeshop along West Coast Road after having a few drinks.

While there, Zailany rubbed the victim’s penis outside his shorts under the table for a few minutes. The victim pushed his hand away after a while.

After 9pm, the victim’s uncle left for home, leaving his nephew with his friend. He told the victim that Zailany could bring him home later. Zailany and the victim left the coffeeshop after 11pm.

After midnight, the two stopped at a pavilion in Clementi, where Zailany began talking to the victim about sex. The man asked to touch the victim’s penis and the latter let him. Zailany then performed a sexual act on the boy.

The Singaporean then asked the victim if he wanted to play a game before having sex.

Shortly after they had sex and as they were seated next to each other, police officers approached them. The victim tried to pull down his shirt but the officers noted that his shorts were unzipped and unbuttoned. The police also noted a white-coloured liquid on the ground in front of the pair.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Asoka Markandu called for eight years’ jail for Zailany, who targetted a vulnerable victim. He also argued that the accused exploited a victim who treated him as a familiar face and pretended to play a game with the victim who had borderline IQ.

In mitigation, Zailany’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme-appointed lawyer, Periowsamy Otharam, said that his client, who is divorced, was fully cooperative with the authorities and had not used force on the victim.

“Our client has also admitted his succumbing to his sexual urges was an unwise decision and was basically due to him being under the influence of alcohol,” said the lawyer, who was acting pro bono.