Singapore uncle who abused girls sentenced to 18 years, caning

Other News Materials 14 February 2009 07:23 (UTC +04:00)

A Singapore man was sentenced to 18 years in prison and 16 strokes of the cane for sexually abusing two of his nieces, the father of whom was also jailed for raping one of the girls, a newspaper reported Saturday, dpa reported.

   The Singapore High Court was told Friday that the cleaner, 39, who was taking care of his sickly sister's daughters, began abusing the eldest girl in 2001 when she was 9, the Straits Times said

   The abuse ended in 2005 when the girl threatened to tell her teacher and farther about it.

   He continued to live with the family and turned his attention to the younger girl, who was then 8.

   The elder girl eventually reported the case to her teacher in April.

   Police investigations discovered that the father had raped one of his daughters in 2006. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison and 18 strokes of the cane a month ago.

   The uncle cannot be named to protect the identity of the girls, now 13 and 16.