An alleged rapist claimed a confession had been “beaten” out of him, after prosecutors weakened his case on Wednesday (Sep 7).
The 33-year-old, who is on trial for allegedly raping and molesting his mother, claims he gave two statements to investigators while under threat, and that two police officers beat him.
The accused challenged the admissibility of the two statements after prosecutors poked holes in his defence, pointing out the man offered a completely different version of events to the police and while on the stand.
Despite giving six police statements, it was only at trial that the man admitted to “lifting his mother’s nightdress to look at her (private parts)”, Deputy Public Prosecutor Sellakumaran Sellamuthoo pointed out.
The man claimed he had not told investigators this because he “doesn’t trust the police”. “I was angry with the police for accusing me of raping my mother … they were not listening to me, they believed I raped (her)”, he told the High Court on Wednesday.
He claimed he was biding his time. “(I was) just waiting for the correct time to tell the judge. (If I) tell the police, they won’t be helping me, they make my situation worse only (sic).”
‘I LOVE YOU AS MY SON. YOU LOVE ME IN A DIFFERENT WAY’
The man allegedly raped and molested his mother in the early hours of Oct 4, 2013.
His defence is that he had been framed by his mother and step-father, because they wanted him out of the house. While he readily admitted he had lifted up his mother’s nightdress, he denied raping and molesting the then 53-year-old woman.
Prosecutors argued he cooked up the “story” about lifting up his mother’s nightdress to explain away a recording of a phone call, in which the distraught woman is heard saying: “I love you as my son. You love me in a different way”.
“According to you, this is about the love you have for your mother, as a mother. There’s no reason then for your mother to say ‘I have a husband’”, DPP Sellakumaran put to the accused. “You did something to her that only a husband would do.”
The accused denied this.
During the phone call, the woman is also heard saying: “Why you force me (sic)?”
“Clearly she’s talking about something other than you lifting her dress”, the prosecutor said, pointing out that at the time, the woman would have been asleep and could not have resisted him.
The accused also denied this.
The man’s lawyers, Senior Counsel Harry Elias, Mr Andy Lem and Mr Lin Chunlong, earlier pointed out the words “rape”, “sex” and the like were not used by mother or son during their phone call. They had also argued investigators have no medical or DNA evidence of the alleged rape.
The trial continues on Thursday.