Bride Sexually Assaulted by Friend of Groom on Wedding Night

A bride was sexually assaulted by a groomsman as she slept in the bridal suite on her wedding night.

The woman was attacked by the 42-year-old friend of her new husband after their wedding ceremony and reception at a hotel in downtown Singapore.

The attacker, who has not been named to protect the victim's identity, was convicted by a court in the Southeast Asian city-state on Monday (May 31) of one count of molestation and one count of sexually penetrating the woman without her consent.

Deputy public prosecutors Ng Yiwen and Goh Yong Ngee told the court about the details of the attack, which occurred back in October 2016, and was reported by The Straits Times newspaper this week following the conviction.

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A stock image of a newlywed couple. A groomsman has been convicted of sexually assaulting a bride on her wedding night. Getty Images

The lawyers said the party had ended at 11:00 p.m. but the newlyweds and their bridesmaids and groomsmen returned to the lounge area of the bridal suite to continue drinking.

The exhausted bride decided to call it a night around 1:00 a.m. and went into the adjoining bedroom, where she showered in the en-suite bathroom and went to bed as the party continued in the next room.

But she awoke in the night with somebody touching her chest beneath her nightgown and performing a sex act on her. At first she thought the man was her husband, but then realized with dawning horror that it was not him.

One of the prosecutors told the court: "[She] then tried to take a look at the person and while she could not see the face of the person in the darkness, she could tell that the face was much bigger than her husband's.

"She then asked the person in Mandarin, 'Who are you?' As [she] did not get a reply, she felt scared and left the room to look for [her husband]."

She found the groom alone in the lounge, asleep on a sofa, and woke him up as her attacker followed her. She confronted him and he reportedly admitted touching her chest but denied anything further, according to Channel News Asia. The husband then ordered the man to leave and took his new wife to the police station to file a report of the attack.

It emerged the couple have since divorced, although their reasons for the split were not revealed in court, according to The Straits Times.

The attacker claimed he woke up on the bed disorientated with no idea how he got there, and assumed he was at home. He said he reached out to caress what he thought was his wife, but stopped when he heard moaning that did not sound like her. He denied sexually penetrating the victim.

But Principal District Judge Victor Yeo dismissed his claims, branding his defense of mistaken identity as a "desperate excuse" while the victim's testimony had been "unwavering."

He is due to be sentenced on July 21, and could be imprisoned for up to 20 years and fined or caned for the most serious count of sexually penetrating a person without consent. The charge of molestation also carries a sentence of fining or caning, as well as up to two years behind bars.

Newsweek has reached out to the Attorney-General's Chambers in Singapore.

The horrific incident comes two years after a New Jersey groom was charged with sexually assaulting a teenage waitress and then starting a fight at his own wedding reception.

And while weddings are billed as the happiest days of the participants' lives, the amount of alcohol and tension involved can occasionally lead to violence. Other newlyweds have to contend with dangerous venues, such as a couple whose indoor fireworks during their first dance sparked a massive blaze.