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Charged with molesting 4 boys
Published on: Friday, November 17, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A-19-year-old local was charged with committing physical sexual assault against four boys.

Mohd Hafis Jarasid pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim to eight charges against him.

On the first to fourth counts, Mohd Hafis is accused of fondling the private parts of the boys aged nine, 12, 13 and 14, respectively at a house in Kinarut, Papar between noon and 9.58pm on Sept 17, 21, 22, and 24 this year.

The offence under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 provides for a jail term of up to 20 years, and whipping, on conviction.

On the fifth to eight count, he allegedly made the same boys to fondle his private part at the same place and time.

For the offence, it falls under Section 14(b) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 which provides for a jail term of up to 20 years, and whipping, on conviction.

The court fixed Dec 15 for case management and ordered Mohd Hafis to be remanded further pending the date.

Mohd Hafis, who was not represented, was also ordered to engage a lawyer to represent him.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Dinesh Raja appeared for the prosecution.

Meanwhile, an 18-year-old boy claimed trial to raping an underage girl.

The boy who made the plea, is accused of raping the 15-year-old girl between 1pm and 7pm in Aug and Sept 2016 at a house in Kg Kalansanan, Inanam.

His case would be heard on March 26-28 next year.

The boy is currently detained in the Henry Gurney School for another offence until he reaches 21.

He was not represented. - Cynthia D Baga

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