Singapore court sentences 3 Britons to jail and caning for sexual assault of woman in hotel

Britons Michael Le (left), Khong Tam Thanh (right) were among the three men sentenced for aggravated molestation of a drunk woman at Carlton Hotel in 2016.

Three Britons have been sentenced to jail and caning in Singapore on Tuesday (Aug 15), a day after pleading guilty to reduced charges of aggravated molestation.

The three men went on trial two weeks ago for the rape of a Malaysian woman who was drunk and fell asleep at Carlton Hotel in September 2016.

According to The Straits Times, the trio took a week to consider the reduced charges and eventually pleaded guilty to outraging the woman’s modesty by having sex with her while wrongfully restraining her.

Among the trio, Vu Thai Son, 24, was given the longest jail sentence of 6½ years, in addition to eight strokes of the cane.

Khong Tam Thanh, 22, was sentenced to six years’ jail and also eight strokes of the cane.

The third man, Michael Le, 24, was sentenced to 5½ years in jail and five strokes of the cane.

Thanh and Son each also admitted to another charge of outrage of modesty. The Straits Times reported that this was for committing another sexual act on the woman, who was 22 years old at the time.

During sentencing, Judicial Commissioner Hoo Sheau Peng said the men took advantage of the woman’s vulnerable state. “In doing so, they showed no respect for her dignity and autonomy, and no regard for any harm and hurt they might cause to her,” the judge was quoted as saying.

For more on the case, go to The Straits Times.