Pe met the victim at a bar on Jul 30 to celebrate the former’s birthday.
On Aug 6, 2017, the victim allegedly wanted to meet Pe to drink, but the older man fell asleep before they could meet. Pe apologised and both agreed to meet two days later for drinks.
On Aug 8, the victim met Pe at night and they consumed alcoholic drinks in the Chinatown area before the victim allegedly asked to sleep at Pe’s residence.
The prosecution said it would lead evidence to show that on Aug 9, Pe made the victim an alcoholic drink and offered the younger man a change of clothes and his bed to sleep in. The victim allegedly declined the clothes and the bed, falling asleep on the floor of Pe’s bedroom in his own clothing.
He awoke sometime later to find that his jeans and underwear had been pulled down, and Pe was sexually assaulting him, the prosecution alleged.
Drifting in and out of consciousness, the victim mustered the strength to push Pe away. The victim then went to the toilet to wash himself, disgusted with what had happened, the prosecution continued.
The victim later called a friend and confided that Pe had “raped” him. The victim called the police on Aug 9, at about 5.47am, stating: “A guy just tried to rape me. I have known him for a few weeks, he was very intoxicated. He is at home right now.”
Pe was arrested at his apartment at about 10.30am.
The prosecution will lead evidence from analysts from the Health Sciences Authority to show that while the victim’s blood sample contained 40 mg of ethanol per 100 ml of blood, no ethanol was detected in Pe’s blood sample when it was taken.
An Institute of Mental Health consultant will give evidence that the victim was likely to have been intoxicated between 4.15am and 5.30am on Aug 9, and was therefore unable to consent to the sexual acts.
A psychiatrist will testify that she diagnosed the victim with generalised anxiety disorder with possible post-traumatic stress symptoms following the incident.
The victim testified in camera on Wednesday. The prosecution will lead evidence from 26 witnesses in total.
Pe is represented by lawyer Amarjit Singh. The trial continues on Wednesday afternoon.
If convicted of sexual assault by penetration, Pe may be jailed for up to 20 years and fined or caned.
Source: Channel News Asia