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82-year-old acquitted of molesting granddaughter
Published on: Friday, April 20, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: An octogenarian charged with molesting his seven-year-old granddaughter in Tuaran two years ago, was discharged and acquitted without his defence being called.

Magistrate Cindy Mc Juce Balitus in delivering her ruling, Thursday, held that the prosecution had not made a prima facie case against the 82-year-old pineapple grower. The man was accused of molesting the girl in a house at a village in Tuaran at 4pm on Sept 9, 2016.

The charge under Section 354 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to 10 years or fine or whipping or any two of such punishment on conviction.

The man was represented by counsel James Tsai.

Seven witnesses testified at the prosecution's stage which was heard in Tuaran.

Inspector Papilus Primus appeared for the prosecution. In another case, two men were penalised for committing drug-related offences.

Jainal Majidun was sentenced to 12 months' jail after he admitted to having 0.04gm syabu at 10am on March 1 in Tanjung Aru town. Christopher Sheene was handed six months jail for taking drugs.

He pleaded guilty to have committed the offence at 3.50pm on Feb 23 in Penampang.

Inspector Albert Basiri prosecuted. - Jo Ann Mool

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