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Sipitang man who fathered kid from daughter jailed 18 years
Published on: Saturday, May 23, 2020
By: Cynthia D Baga
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Kota Kinabalu: A 49-year-old man who raped his daughter until she gave birth to a baby boy as a result, was jailed 18 years and ordered to get 10 strokes of the cane.

The man pleaded guilty before Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz to the charge against him on Friday.

He raped the 21-year-old daughter since she was 15 years old between April 2013 and October 2019 inside a hut at a farm in Sipitang.

The offence under Section 376(3) of the Penal Code carries a jail term of between eight and 30 years, and whipping at least 10 strokes, upon conviction.

The court ordered the man to serve the jail sentence from the date of his arrest and be placed under police supervision for two years after completing his sentence.

In asking for a light sentence, the man said he has seven children to look after as well he needed to support his parent-in laws.

He asked for the sentence to be served in Labuan prison.

However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Syafiqah Suleiman urged the court to hand down a heavier sentence on the grounds that the man had committed a serious offence against his own child who was supposed to be protected by him.

Syafiqah said the man had raped his daughter since she was 15 years old and continuously raped her until she was 21.

She added that the man also threatened to commit suicide by drinking poison if his daughter revealed the rape incident to others.

“If the victim was not pregnant and gave birth as a result, the heinous act by the man would not be discovered.

“Even though she was pregnant and gave birth to the baby, she refused to tell her mother and others until she was confronted by her cousin.

“The victim had suffered long enough due to the man’s act which will not be accepted by any religion, custom or belief,” she said.

The investigation revealed that the incident came to light after the victim revealed the matter to her cousin who confronted her after giving birth to the baby boy.

The man was arrested following a police lodged by the victim.

The DNA report confirmed that the man is the biological father of the child.

 


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