Three footballers get probation for sex with minor
Three footballers who had sex with a 12 year old girl have been given probation sentences instead of jail terms.
Muhammad Taufiq Mansor, Syed Hashreen and Muhammad Noor Kamurudiin were ordered to serve 18 months probation.
The three had sex with the 12 year old girl in a toilet cubicle at Bedok Town Park in September last year.
In passing sentence, District Judge Wong Choon Ning said the conduct of the three had been most shameful and wrong.
She also asked the three footballers to think of the shame they brought on their parents.
The footballers had said in their mitigation that the girl had consented to have sex with them.
But the Judge pointed out that under the law it is irrelevant if the girl gave her consent to have sex.
Judge Wong said girls under 16 are deemed by the law to be incapable of giving valid consent to a sexual act.
Under such circumstances the judge added that the law places the onus on males to exercise "restraint and discipline".
National Under 18 player Syed Shafreen Syed Kassim was also involved in this case.
But Judge Wong did not sentence him yet as she wanted to find out more details about his performance in school.
Shafreen is expected to be sentenced next week.
As for the three footballers, if they successfully complete their probation orders, the Judge said they will not have a criminal record.
Sending wrong messages to the public.....probation and no criminal record after that.