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    May 25, 2016

    Man accused of raping 16-year-old girl

    After observing a teen couple behaving intimately at an HDB stairwell, a pizza delivery man allegedly approached them, posing as a police officer, and raped the 16-year-old girl after sending away her boyfriend, also 16.

    Muhammad Firman Jumali Chew, 30, who is married with a child, went on trial in the High Court yesterday for one count each of rape, sexual assault by forcing her to perform oral sex on him and pretending to be a public servant.

    The offences were allegedly committed on Oct 9, 2013 on the student, who is now 19.

    Setting out the prosecution's case, Deputy Public Prosecutor Sharmila Sripathy-Shanaz told the court that the couple will testify that they were at the 11th-floor staircase landing of Block 362 Woodlands Avenue 5 when the girl noticed someone peering at them.

    The couple quickly left the stairwell, but while they were waiting for the lift, he allegedly identified himself as a policeman and asked for their identity cards.

    They complied as they were worried that he would report their sexual acts to the police, their parents and their schools, said the DPP.

    Firman returned the boy's identity card and told him to leave.

    He then led the girl to the fifth floor of Block 359.

    The DPP said the girl will testify how she was sexually assaulted and that she did as she was told as she was afraid that Firman would report her.

    A passer-by, Tung Shue Kiong, will also take the stand. He had helped the boy search for the girl for an hour.

    The maximum punishment for rape and sexual assault is 20 years' jail, with possible caning or a fine.