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SINGAPORE: A 43-year-old father of four was sentenced on Wednesday (Jan 11) for kidnapping an 11-year-old schoolgirl and attempting to sexually assault her in an abandoned warehouse in Kallang in May 2013.
Liew Tien Chye was sentenced to two years in jail for kidnapping the girl, six years’ imprisonment and three strokes of the cane for attempted sexual assault of a minor and four months in jail for impersonating a police officer.
He was also concurrently sentenced to three to six weeks in jail for each of five charges of paying bribes to secure business while he was a sales manager at a construction firm in 2012. Another 21 charges were taken into consideration during sentencing.
As some of the sentences will run concurrently, Liew will serve a total of eight years and 10 weeks in jail.
He will be allowed to spend Chinese New Year with his family before starting his jail term on Feb 8.
VICTIM ATTENDED SAME SCHOOL AS MAN’S STEPCHILDREN
A district court heard that on the day of the offence, Liew stopped the victim and her 10-year-old sister along Mattar Road as the girls were on their way to school. He shouted to get their attention, flashing a shiny white card at them and claiming he was a police officer.
Liew, whose step-children attended the same school as the girls, told the victim to get into his car, and her sister to continue on her way alone.
He then took the victim to an abandoned warehouse at Tannery Lane, where he handed the girl a cloth bandage from a first aid kit and told her to blindfold herself.
Liew then attempted to insert his penis into the girl’s mouth.
However, the girl took off the bandage after feeling something on her lips, and saw Liew hurriedly pulling up his pants.
She shouted at him, demanding to know what he had done. Liew did not answer, but told her to leave the warehouse and find her own way home.
The victim told her parents of her ordeal when she got home, and they took her to lodge a police report immediately.
Police officers viewed more than 100 clips of CCTV footage to establish Liew’s identity, in an investigation lasting 16 days and involving more than 50 officers. Liew was arrested on Jun 13, 2013, and the girl positively identified him next day.