SINGAPORE: After their relationship deteriorated, a 25-year-old man threatened to post intimate videos online with his girlfriend and used a knife to force her to have sex with him.
On Tuesday, August 2, the man pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal intimidation and one count of possession of an offensive weapon. Four other charges will be considered for sentencing.
The identity of the 23-year-old victim is protected by a gag order and the name of the attacker has been removed from court documents.
The court heard the couple met on a dating request in May 2018. On a few occasions that year, the man took five videos and a photo of them having sex.
Their relationship began to deteriorate in August 2018. At the end of 2018, the victim told her boyfriend to delete the intimate videos and photos.
She went to his house and deleted the files from his computer and phone with his consent. But unbeknownst to her, her boyfriend had kept copies of it on other devices.
A few months later, on March 25, 2019, the couple had a falling out. The abuser was angry that the victim did not return her affection and wanted to break up with him.
Via text, the man threatened to hack into the woman’s Instagram account and post the intimate videos and photo of them on his feed, alarming her.
PRESSURED HER INTO SEX WITH A KNIFE
Things took another turn on the night of April 7, 2019, when the couple discussed the status of their relationship as they sat under the victim’s block.
Some time after midnight, the man asked the woman to have sex with him. He was upset as they had not had sex for a long time as their relationship had started to deteriorate, Deputy Attorney General Chong Ee Hsiun said.
The victim pushed him away and the man got angry. He took a knife from his pocket and held it beside his body with the blade still folded, saying, “Really not?
When the victim continued to say no, he pulled out the blade of the knife, pushed its tip against his girlfriend’s thigh and asked her if it hurt.
He then explained to the victim that “the feeling of being stabbed by the knife represents how much he hurts all the time due to the deterioration of their relationship,” Mr Chong said.
The victim started crying. The man placed the blade of the knife to the side of his neck, holding its tip against his skin. He kept asking her if it hurt and said that was how he felt.
The victim, still in tears, agreed to have sex with her boyfriend and said they could do so during a planned stay later that month.
The man then put the knife back in his pocket, waited for the victim to calm down and took a taxi home.
According to the attacker, he was carrying the rocker knife when he felt the urge to self-harm. He was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, mixed anxiety and depressive disorder and alcohol abuse disorder, Chong said.
But the Mental Health Institute found those conditions only contributory to his offenses involving the flip-knife, not his threat to release the intimate videos with the victim, the prosecutor said.
The prosecution requires five to eight months in prison for the man. The offender, who is represented by Mr. Chua Hock Lu, will return for sentencing in September.
The penalty for criminal intimidation is imprisonment for up to two years, a fine, or both.
For possession of an offensive weapon, the man could be imprisoned for up to two years.