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Soldier charged with raping his colleague
Published on: Wednesday, June 09, 2021
By: Cynthia D Baga
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Kota Kinabalu: A 30-year-old soldier was charged with raping a colleague.

Muhammad Eric Elister pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat to the charge on Tuesday.

Muhammad is accused of raping the 22-year-old woman at 6am on May 22 this year at a store of the Lok Kawi army camp in Putatan.

The offence, under Section 376(1) of the Penal Code, carries a jail term of up to 20 years, and whipping on conviction.

The court set July 15 for mention of the case. Muhammad was released on a bail of RM10,000 with RM7,000 deposited with two local sureties and one of the surety must be his wife.

Muhammad was also ordered to report to the Investigation Officer of the case once a month and his passport, if any, to be impounded by the court until the disposal of his case.

The court also warned him to not tamper with the prosecution witnesses.

Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Syafiqah Suleiman objected to bail on the grounds that both Muhammad and the alleged victim are soldiers but if the court granted bail, she suggested the amount of bail to be set at RM20,000 and for the suspect to report to the Penampang police station.

She also applied for another mention date pending medical report.

However, counsel Farazwin Hexdy, who defended Muhammad, asked for bail to be granted to her client, saying that the medical report required time, especially during the pandemic.

She also submitted that her client has no previous conviction and disciplinary reports and that it was the first time he was detained.

Farazwin also informed the court that Muhammad has a wife and elderly parents to look after.

She said there was no issue of flight risk as Muhammad has no international passport and is currently under supervision as well as reporting daily to his superior named as one SSM Masri.

Farazwin further told the court that there was no issue of tampering with the witnesses, especially the alleged victim and she had advised the family to prepare another place to stay outside the camp should any problem/complaint arise.

She said Muhammad’s wife had prepared a temporary place for both of them to stay.

“I was also informed the alleged victim resides outside the camp and on the day of the alleged incident, she was inside the camp due to orientation programme,” said Farazwin. 

 



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