betty July 6, 2022

SINGAPORE – A 26-year-old man who took up another man’s offer to take part in a threesome with the latter’s girlfriend without her knowledge and consent had his jail term reduced on appeal to 16½ years on Wednesday (July 6).

Srihari Mahendran was sentenced in 2020 to 17 years and 10 months’ jail and 14 strokes of the cane for rape and other sexual offences.

His lawyer argued that the original jail term did not reflect his role as compared with that of the mastermind – the woman’s then boyfriend, who had roped in Srihari to fulfil his fantasy of watching another man have sex with his girlfriend.

The Court of Appeal, led by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, made it clear that the lower court’s decision on Srihari’s original jail term was “unimpeachable”.

However, Srihari’s overall jail term was not sufficiently differentiated from that of his co-accused, who was more culpable, said the three-judge court.

There was no change to Srihari’s caning sentence.

The 30-year-old mastermind, a former auxiliary police officer, is serving a jail term of 19 years and 11 months for abetting Srihari to rape and sexually assault the victim on two separate occasions in 2016.

He was also sentenced to 24 strokes of the cane.

The mastermind cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the identity of his former girlfriend.

He had pleaded guilty in 2018 to abetting the rape and sexual assault of the woman on two occasions in 2016.

The man testified that he wanted to have a threesome with his girlfriend and another man, but she rejected the idea.

He then hatched a plan to secretly bring another man into a hotel room to join their sexual trysts, while he watched and filmed the sex acts.

On April 29, 2016, the man let Srihari, whom he had met online, into a room at Hotel 81 Bugis while the victim was bound and blindfolded.

On Aug 7 that year, he again had Srihari join them at M Social Hotel in Robertson Quay.

This time, she sensed something was wrong, took off her blindfold and saw a person leaving.

She realised her boyfriend had recorded the episode on his laptop and demanded that he call Srihari back to the hotel.