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Man on trial for raping social escort after posing as police officer

SINGAPORE: After a man arranged to meet a social escort in a hotel room for a fee, he allegedly posed as a police officer and raped the woman after brandishing a knife.

32-year-old Ng Yi Yao was tried on Tuesday (March 16) for two serious rapes and two serious sexual assaults through penetration. He faces a fifth charge of impersonating a police officer and pleading guilty to him.

The court heard that Ng had used the services of a 25-year-old woman whose identity is protected by a gag order. She worked as a part-time social worker in February 2019, providing sexual services to clients while holding a separate full-time job and graduating.

Her agent, a person she knew as “Kelvin” and who she had never met, made appointments with clients for her.

On February 21, 2019, Kelvin announced to the woman that he had a job for her at 8:15 p.m. that evening at the Harbor Ville Hotel and asked her to check in to the room. He said the client would pay her S $ 450 and added that she could have a second client at 9 p.m. that night, prosecutors said.

The woman went to the hotel and booked a room for two hours around 8 p.m. paying S $ 40 for accommodation. She waited in the room and Ng appeared and identified herself as Ivan.

According to the prosecutor’s case, Ng took a shower and came out of the toilet naked. However, when the woman asked him to pay, he dressed again and identified himself as a police officer. He showed what the woman thought was a flip card holder.

He asked her about her phone and NRIC, and the woman gave in because she was scared, prosecutors said.

Ng reportedly started an audio recording and informed the woman that there was a police operation. When the woman told him that she had another client that evening, Ng used her phone to tell Kelvin that she was not feeling well and to quit the subsequent job. He did not answer subsequent calls from Kelvin.

Ng called the front desk to change rooms and continued to pretend to be a police officer, prosecutors said. He allegedly made comments that the woman understood that she had to perform sexual acts on him in order to walk freely.

She refused and asked for his police ID, suspecting that Ng was not who he said he was, but he refused to show it to her.

At around 10 p.m. the woman sent a message to her friend: “Bro, I can’t do anything tonight.” This was a signal that something was wrong and that she was in trouble.

Ng reportedly changed his tone after refusing to show the woman his police ID and asked her to turn off the room lights or he would injure her. The woman saw him with a red Swiss Army knife in hand and turned off the light before he complied with his request to undress.

THE ALLEGED RAPE

According to prosecutors, Ng subsequently raped the victim. She gave in because she was afraid of the knife she had seen. She was also forced to perform sexual acts on Ng and did not consistently consent to any of the acts, prosecutors said.

After the alleged sexual assault, Ng admitted not to be a police officer, assistant prosecutors Mohamed Faizal, Selene Yap and Tessa Tan said.

He suggested they stay with her, but the woman tried to end the conversation by saying she had to return home for assignments. After Ng got her phone number and took photos of the woman’s NRIC, he paid S $ 20 for the room and gave the woman an additional S $ 40.

He insisted on taking a taxi home, prosecutors said. After paying the taxi driver, he led the woman to her apartment and kissed her outside.

Immediately after entering her home after midnight, the woman called her friend and told him she had been raped. Her friend quickly went over and the woman called the police.

Ng was arrested later that day. The woman’s DNA was found on his underwear and he was examined at the Mental Health Institute and found to be eligible.

A medical report published in October 2019 found no clear evidence of a diagnosis of erectile dysfunction.

The prosecution will use evidence from 38 witnesses to prove the charges against Ng. The trial opened on Wednesday with the woman who testified on camera.

If convicted of aggravated rape, he can be imprisoned for anywhere from eight to 20 years and receive at least 12 strokes of the cane.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of the story stated that the defendant was a RedMart delivery driver at the time of the alleged crimes. RedMart made it clear that he was working for her just five days prior to the alleged incidents.

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