Yeah We Believe You – Kallang Bahru rape trial: Accused claims sex in car was consensual

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Don’t they all say that……

Haliffie Mamat, a 24-year old storeman on trial for raping and robbing a 34-year-old woman after offering her a lift claims that she was a willing sex-partner.

Altogether now : `Yeah Right!”

The alleged rape occurred in the early morning of May 4, 2013.

Haliffie told Inspector Thermizi Tho, who took the statements, that he had been driving around town in his Proton Savvy the night before after a violent quarrel with his wife over money problems.

He then saw a woman in a short black dress walking alone in River Valley Road. The court had earlier heard that she was trying to hail a cab after drinking alone at Clarke Quay.

“I was thinking about just snatching her bag but I decided to… pretend to give her a lift first” and see how things played out, Haliffie told the police.

He pulled up in front of her and offered her a lift.

She told him where she lived and asked if she had to pay; he replied that it was on him.

His initial plan of driving off after she put her Louis Vuitton bag in the car was foiled when she got in and placed the bag on her lap instead, he added.

During the journey, she offered him a cigarette and they had a chat. She said that she was originally from Indonesia, was a single parent, and lived with her son.

He claimed to have asked if she liked sex. She allegedly replied: “Who doesn’t?”

He then touched her right thigh with his left hand.

The woman, who he thought was “attractive and hot”, did not overtly say that she wanted to have sex, he admitted.

But Haliffie told the police they ended up touching each other. “The feeling is already ‘hyped’, like don’t have to ask any more (sic),” he said.

After stopping on the Kallang Bahru bridge, he climbed over her and they had sex for about five minutes on the lowered front passenger seat. In one of his police statements, he said that he later asked her if she liked it, and she smiled and said: “Ya.”

After this, he drove off but stopped again as he wanted to take her bag, which she had flung to the backseat.

He said he opened the door on her side, pushed her out with his left hand and drove off without even closing the door.

At the carpark near his Bukit Batok flat, he looked through her bag, taking her ez-link card, a bottle of perfume, a mobile phone and $18, he said.

He dumped the bag and other items, including a shoe she left behind, near a dustbin, he said. He later sold the phone for $150.

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