A minimart worker, Udhayakumar Dhakshinamoorthy, courted a 12-year-old girl with gifts and grooming her to engage in progressively intrusive sexual acts with him over a period of three months called her his “wife”, reported.

(Singapore, January 12)

After, 31-year old Indian pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual assault of a minor and two charges of attempted statutory rape was sentenced to 13 years in jail and 12 strokes of the cane, according to a media report.

A minimart worker, Udhayakumar Dhakshinamoorthy, courted a 12-year-old girl with gifts and called her his “wife”, grooming her to engage in progressively intrusive sexual acts with him over a period of three months, reported The New Paper.

During sentencing at the High Court on Thursday, four other charges were taken into consideration

Between September and December 2016 this offense happened.  It came into plight after the convict’s pregnant adult girlfriend discovered a video of the naked minor girl on his phone.

Judicial Commissioner Pang Khang Chau, in the sentencing, noted that Udhayakumar had exploited the innocence and naivety of the minor and morally corrupted her.

When Dhakshinamoorthy first time enquired the girl for sexual intercourse and take her to the staircase of a block of flats, she told him that she was not sure what sex was. He responded that he would teach her.

According to The New Paper report, Udhayakumar admitted that he tried to have sex with the girl on two occasions, but failed.

He gave the girl a sum of money -SGD 50 after his second attempt failed. He unilaterally ended their “relationship” and no longer allowed her to take things from the minimart for free.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Gail Wong in sentencing arguments said this proved his previous generosity was merely a facade to get the girl to have sex with him.

Even he had asked the girl for a nude selfie of her on their first chat and she complied. He would let her have ice cream, toys and tidbits from the minimart without paying after this.

Udhayakumar used to take her to various places in the neighborhood after school. He engages her in petting, giving her between SGD5 and SGD10 after each session. This escalated to more intrusive sexual acts. The guilty also started calling to her as his “wife”. He told her he wanted to marry her. She called him “uncle”.

He began seeing a woman in October 2016 while he was having sexual liaisons with the minor, While Udhayakumar and his girlfriend were at a hotel in May the next year, the woman, who suspected he was having an affair, checked his phone while he was asleep. She found the girl in her school uniform exposing herself in a video.

She lodged a police complaint against Udhayakumar a few days later.