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    May 05, 2016

    Man changes mind, pleads guilty to rapes

    A DAY after he pleaded not guilty to raping a woman at three different spots along a stretch of road in River Valley in a span of 20 minutes, a 30-year-old man changed his mind and admitted his guilt.

    Lim Choon Beng pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one count of aggravated outrage of modesty and one count of sexual assault. Four other charges will be considered during sentencing.

    The High Court heard that Lim, who was jobless, had been drinking at Robertson Quay before he approached the victim, a performing artist from China. She was walking home alone along Martin Road at about 3am on Feb 9, 2013.

    Despite attempts by the 24-year-old to shake him off, Lim, then 26, grabbed and pushed her, causing her to fall backwards in front of the Watermark condominium.

    He sat on top of her, pulling at her dress, as she struggled and shouted, and raped her.

    He then pulled her across Rodyk Street and hit her head against a wall at the Robertson 100 condominium.

    The woman again begged to be freed as she was having her period but he said this was how he liked it and raped her again.

    A female security guard at The Inspira condominium called the police after seeing Lim on top of the crying victim.

    At River Valley Close, he pinned her to the ground near lamppost number 16, forced her to perform oral sex on him and raped her again. This time, the victim escaped while he was putting on his trousers.

    She stopped a car and told the female driver to send her to the police. As the motorist had difficulty locating the police station, the victim called a friend.

    The latter called the police and told her to return to River Valley Close. There, she found police officers with Lim and immediately pointed him out as the person who had raped her.

    The maximum punishment for rape and sexual assault is 20 years' jail as well as caning or a fine.