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    May 04, 2016

    Man accused of raping woman 3 times along road

    IN A span of 20 minutes, a 26-year-old man allegedly raped a 24-year-old woman three times at three different spots along a stretch of road from Martin Road to River Valley Close in the wee hours of the eve of Chinese New Year in 2013.

    The woman's torn panties were later found strewn among vegetation at the first location while the zipper of her blood-stained dress was found to be dislodged.

    Calling it a "brazen case", prosecutors yesterday opened their case against Singaporean Lim Choon Beng, now 30, on three counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault and one count of outrage of modesty.

    Lim, who is in remand, pleaded not guilty and is contesting all seven charges in the High Court trial.

    He claims that he does not remember his actions. He is defended by Anand Nalachandran under the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme.

    The alleged victim, a performing artiste from China, testified behind closed doors. A court order bars her identity from being made public.

    Deputy Public Prosecutor Lin Yinbing told the court that the victim, now 27, will describe how she was waylaid on the street on Feb 9, 2013.

    Lim allegedly molested and raped her at 3.15am on Martin Road in front of the Watermark condominium.

    Ten minutes later, he allegedly raped and sexually assaulted her in front of the Robertson 100 condominium, and did so again at about 3.35am near a lamppost at River Valley Close.

    Witnesses lined up to testify include an eyewitness who called the police after seeing Lim on top of the crying woman, a motorist who drove the distressed woman in search of a police station, and a friend of the alleged victim who received a call from her, telling him that she had been raped.

    The maximum punishment on each count of rape and sexual assault is 20 years' jail, as well as caning or a fine. The trial continues today.