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Raping granddaughter: Man ordered to enter defence
Published on: Friday, February 14, 2020
By: Cynthia D Baga
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KOTA KINABALU: A 41-year-old man was ordered to enter his defence on a charge of committing sexual offence and raping his granddaughter.

Deputy Registrar Cindy Mc Juce Balitus, who sat as the Sessions Court Judge, made the order after ruling that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against the man.

The court fixed March 25 for the man’s defence.

On the first count, he is accused of committing the sexual offence by fondling the 15-year-old girl’s breasts at 12.30am on March 12, 2017 in a bedroom of a house in Kota Marudu. 

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

On the second count, the man allegedly raped the same alleged victim at the same place and time.

For the rape case, the man was charged under Section 376(2)(d) of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of between 10 and 30 years, and whipping, on conviction.

Initially, the man was only charged with committing sexual abuse against the girl but the court had found prima facie case for a rape offence.

During the proceedings, the court’s interpreter had informed the man about the three options for his defence.

The man then informed the court that he wished to engage a counsel for his defence.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mas Izzaty Lokman conducted the prosecution while the man who was released on a bail, was not represented.

In another case, a 30-year-old man was sentenced to five years’ jail and ordered given a stroke of the cane for taking drugs repeatedly.

Dennys Dapat admitted before Sessions Court Judge Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim to taking the drug at 1.05pm on Jan 9 after his urine tested positive at the police station here.

He had two previous convictions for taking drugs.

After serving the jail sentence, Dennys was ordered placed under police supervision for two years.


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