A bride was sexually assaulted by a best man while sleeping in the bridal suite on her wedding night.
The woman was attacked by her new husband’s 42-year-old friend after their wedding ceremony and reception at a downtown Singapore hotel.
The attacker, who was not named to protect the victim’s identity, was convicted by a court in the Southeast Asian city-state on Monday (May 31) of molesting and sexually penetrating the woman without her consent.
Deputy prosecutors Ng Yiwen and Goh Yong Ngee gave the court details of the attack, which took place back in October 2016 and was reported by The Straits Times newspaper this week after the sentencing.
Lawyers said the party ended at 11pm, but the newlyweds and their bridesmaids and groomsmen returned to the bridal suite lounge area to continue drinking.
The exhausted bride decided to end the night around 1:00 am and went to the adjoining bedroom where she showered in the en-suite bathroom and went to bed while the party continued in the adjoining room.
But she woke up in the night when someone touched her breast under her nightgown and performed a sex act with her. At first she thought the man was her husband, but then realized with a dawning horror that he wasn’t.
One of the prosecutors told the court: “[She] then tried to get a look at the person and although she couldn’t see the person’s face in the darkness, she could tell that the face was much larger than her husband’s.
“Then she asked the person in Mandarin, ‘Who are you?’ As [she] got no answer, she was scared and left the room to look for her [her husband].”
She found the groom alone in the living room, asleep on a sofa, and woke him up as her attacker followed her. She confronted him and he reportedly admitted touching her breast but denied anything further, according to Channel News Asia. The husband then ordered the man to leave and took his new wife to the police station to report the attack.
It turns out the couple have since divorced, although their reasons for the split were not disclosed, according to the court The Straits Times.
The attacker claimed he woke up disoriented on the bed, not knowing how he got there and assumed he was at home. He said he reached out to pet what he thought was his wife, but stopped when he heard a moan that didn’t sound like her. He denied sexually penetrating the victim.
But Chief Circuit Judge Victor Yeo dismissed his claims, branding his defense of the mistaken identity a “desperate apology” while the victim’s testimony was “unwavering”.
He is due to be sentenced on July 21 and could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine or cane for the most serious count of sexually penetrating a person without consent. The harassment charge also carries a fine or caning and up to two years in prison.
news week contacted the Attorney General’s Office in Singapore.
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