Beef Bro co-founder, 26, sentenced to approximately 9 years and 10 months in prison and caning for sexual assault

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Norvan Tan En Jie, 26, has been sentenced to nine years, nine months and four weeks in prison, along with eight strokes of the cane for sexually abusing his sister’s boyfriend in 2016.

Tan is the co-founder of local food and drink company Beef Bro.

He had previously been convicted of his charges, two counts of sexual assault and two counts of disgrace of modesty, on July 15 this year.

He pleaded not guilty to these charges and demanded a trial on September 29, 2020.

Prosecutor demands longer prison term

According to CNDeputy prosecutors Ng Yiwen and Niranjan Ranjakunalan had demanded a longer prison term of 10 years and five months, citing aggravating factors.

They noted that the victim, who cannot be named due to a gag order, was in a state of vulnerability when she was attacked by Tan, CN reported.

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She was so drunk she didn’t have the strength to talk, take off her clothes, and she fell twice when Tan helped her out of the toilet, they added.

According to Todayprosecutors also said it was clear that Tan was “fully aware” of how drunk the victim was and had “deliberately abused” her vulnerability to “satisfy his perverted sexual desires”.

They also noted that Tan had not used a condom, which in previous cases has been considered an aggravating factor as it exposes the victim to risks of sexually transmitted diseases. Today reported.

Letters from family submitted to court by defense

In response, lawyer Amarjit Singh argued that these were not aggravating factors, and described Tan as an “ambitious” and “good-hearted” individual, CN reported.

Today also reported that Singh had submitted letters from Tan’s family, including from his parents, aunt, sister and himself.

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According to TodayJudge Singh asked if he knew the letters were not mitigating factors for the court to take into account.

Singh replied that they had been filed so that the judge would know “where he came from and what he had achieved in life”, Today wrote.

Defense to appeal

In his sentencing, Supreme Court Judge Ang Cheng Hock considered the victim’s vulnerability and inability to resist as aggravating factors, The Straits Times (ST) reported.

He also raised bail from $75,000 to $95,000 after prosecutors alleged Tan was a “successful entrepreneur” based on his own accounts. Today wrote.

The prosecution also wanted to order electronic tagging for Tan, but the request was rejected by the judge after Singh argued that Tan’s passport had already been seized.

Tan was released on bail after Singh told the court that the conviction and sentencing will be appealed. ST reported.

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Judge found defense case unconvincing during July 15 sentencing

The assault took place in the early hours of December 26, 2016.

The victim was 19 at the time.

Tan and the victim were at Tan’s house the night before after a night out.

Tan committed sexual assaults several times throughout the morning while the victim was intoxicated.

The victim filed a police report on December 27, 2016 after realizing what had happened.

In explaining his conviction on July 15 earlier this year, the judge found Tan’s account of the events to be a “fabricated” sideshow, noting that his statement to police contained few details.

He also found the defense’s case unconvincing, noting that admittedly they had not provided expert testimony, despite suggesting alternative ways for Tan’s sperm to end up on the victim’s shirt.

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