Man to be charged with attempted aggravated rape and robbery with hurt

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A 52-year-old man will be charged in court on Wednesday (15 March) with attempted aggravated rape and robbery with hurt.

Police received a report on Sunday (12 March) at about 12.50pm from a 37-year-old female victim who claimed that an unknown man had covered her face with a towel and pushed her into a hotel room along Orchard Road. The man fled following a struggle.

While investigations for the first case were ongoing, a second report was made at about 5.53pm on the same day from a 48-year-old female victim.

The victim said that an unknown man had entered a lift with her at a shopping outlet along Orchard Road and used a towel to cover her face while attempting to grab her handbag. After a struggle, the man fled with the victim’s mobile phone.

The man was arrested within 24 hours of the first report.

Any person convicted for attempted aggravated rape or robbery with hurt faces a jail term of up to 20 years and at least 12 strokes of the cane.