Earlier this month, 3 British men of Vietnamese descent went on trial for gang-raping a 23-year-old Malaysian woman after she became drunk and unconscious.
Today (Tuesday, 15th August), the 3 suspects – Khong Tam Thanh, 22, Le Michael, 24, and Vu Thai Son, 24 – have been been found guilty for aggravated molestation. They will each faced up to 6-and-a-half years of jail term and 8 strokes of the cane.
Khong Tam Thanh (pictured on the right) was sentenced to 6 years jail and 8 strokes of the cane. He was given 1 week to spend time with his wife and daughter, who had flown in from the UK. As such, his sentence will officially begin next Tuesday (22nd August). Similarly, Le Michael will only start serving his jail term on 18th August (Friday). He was given a couple of days to spend with his family, who had also flown in from UK.
Meanwhile, Vu Thai Son (not pictured) was given harsher punishment by judicial Commissioner Hoo Sheau Pen because he failed to use a condom when he sexually assaulted the Malaysian woman, thus putting her at risk of STD or unwanted pregnancy. He was sentenced to 6-and-a-half years of jail term and 8 strokes of the cane. However, because he has been remanded since last September, his jail term will be backdated.
No details were given on why their charges were reduced.