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    May 29, 2015

    Jail, caning for rapist who struck at lift lobby

    A 27-YEAR-OLD kitchen worker crept up behind a 35-year-old woman while she was waiting for a lift in Paya Lebar, knocked her senseless, then robbed her before dragging her to a nearby grass patch where he raped her, the High Court heard yesterday.

    Chang Kar Meng was sentenced to 17 years' jail and the maximum 24 strokes of the cane, after he pleaded guilty to one count each of rape and robbery with hurt at about 1.30am on March 8, 2013.

    The court heard that the woman, a foreigner who was married to a Singaporean and worked as a waitress, was on her way home after work.

    She was using her mobile phone at the lift lobby of her block of flats when Chang spotted her and decided to rob her as he was short of money.

    He took off his slippers and placed them among the bushes, and sneaked up on the woman. He covered her mouth with his left hand and, using a move he learnt from the movies, hit the back of her neck. After a few blows, she passed out.

    Just as he was about to drag her away, the lift doors opened. Chang lowered his head to avoid being filmed by the surveillance camera inside. The footage was played in court yesterday.

    After the lift doors closed, he dragged her away and took her sling bag, jewellery and other valuables.

    He then laid her on a grass patch and took photos of her exposed breasts with his phone camera.

    At this time, the woman came to, but pretended to remain unconscious out of fear. Chang raped her, then used his T-shirt to clean himself as well as the woman. He took more photos of her bare breasts, dressed her and propped her up in a sitting position before making off with her bag.

    The woman went home and told her husband that she had been robbed. He called the police. Chang was arrested 51/2 months later. The court heard that a large number of women's underwear was seized from him.