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After 13 years on the run, robber gets jail, caning for breaking into house and molesting occupant

After 13 years on the run, robber gets jail, caning for breaking into house and molesting occupant
SINGAPORE — When Ong Teng Heng and his friend broke into two landed homes more than a decade ago in search of valuables to steal, he took the opportunity to tie up a pair of siblings and molest one of them.
He then fled the country and was arrested only last year when he returned. He has been remanded since then.
On Tuesday (June 14), Ong, now aged 44, was sentenced to six years’ jail and nine strokes of the cane.
The Singaporean pleaded guilty to three charges each including robbery and outrage of modesty.
The court heard that on March 3, 2008, Ong’s accomplice Eddie Chua, then aged 26, agreed to Ong’s housebreaking plan because they both owed loan sharks money.
Chua, who did not flee the country with Ong, was sentenced in May 2008 to four years’ jail and six strokes of the cane.
Ong was arrested upon returning on May 25 last year. Court documents did not state the reason for his return.
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