SINGAPORE – Over nine days, four people kept a 19-year-old teenager with special needs in a hotel room, where they beat him up and forced him to drink urine.
He was only found after his sister saw an online post of him getting abused, and alerted the police.
They found the boy in critical condition at Arton Boutique Hotel in Bendemeer, with slash wounds, chemical and cigarette butt burns, fractures and extensive bleeding from his scalp.
On Wednesday, one of the group members, Putri Nuramira Aishah Rosli, 20, was sentenced to a minimum of 12 months of reformative training. Offenders must follow a strict regimen that can include foot drills and counselling.
She was earlier convicted of five charges including voluntarily causing hurt and drug abuse.
District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan said her offences were serious.
He said: “A person has been seriously injured because of what you and your friends have done… Given your young age, I believe rehabilitation is feasible. But given your personal circumstances, you have to do it in a more structured environment.”
The group who assaulted the boy included Putri, Muhammad Shahfakhry Mohamad Faizal, 21, and two girls – identified in court documents as A1 and A2, both 16 – who cannot be named as they are juveniles.
Shahfakhry’s case is still pending while A1 was sentenced to at least one year of reformative training in July.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Selene Yap said the victim has low IQ and beforethe incident was studying at APSN Delta Senior School, which is for students with mild intellectual disability.
He had known members of the group since 2018, but did not know Putri before the incident.
Putri and the othersmet at the hotel room to take drugs on Jan 15. The victim asked A1 where she was and joined them thereand stayed in the room on Jan 17.
Shahfakhry soon slapped, punched and kicked the teen. Court documents did not state why he did this.
A1 then told Shahfakhry the victim wanted to have sex with her without her consent. This prompted Shahfakhry to attack him further.
The girl joined in, while A2 filmed the assault.
The group continued to abuse the boy from Jan 17 to 25.
On Jan 19, one of the girls suggestedpeeing into a bottle of iced lemon tea and giving it to the victim. Shahfakhry told the boy to drink it, which he did.
They eventually stopped assaulting him on Jan 25 when they saw he was in a bad state. Theybrought him medication and bandages forhis wounds.
That same day, the victim’s social worker and younger sister made police reports that the victim had not returned home after leaving about two weeks ago.
His sister told the police she saw a photo on social media of someone badly injured, whom she recognised as her brother.
The police soon found the victim in the hotel room with members of the group and arrested them.
The teen was in critical condition and taken to hospital.
He suffered from amnesia, likely due to traumatic brain injury and head injuries. He also had chemical burns on his face and body, fractures around his eye, cigarette butt burns, slash wounds and cuts around his body.
He remained in hospital for around 10 days, receiving nutritional support as he was unable to eat by himself.
In a similar case between 1999 and 2000, seven teenagers held a 14-year-old girl captive in a flat for 17 days and tortured her repeatedly.
The group, then aged between 11 and 18, beat her, scalded her with boiling water, forced her to perform a sex act on a dog and violated her with a doll’s leg.
They were sentenced to jail for between two and six years. The youngest girl was sentenced to 36 months in a Girl’s Home.