Man, 22, gets jail, rotan for rap­ing 12-year-old

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KUALA LUMPUR: A 22-year-old man was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to five years’ jail and a stroke of the rotan after plead­ing guilty to rap­ing his 12-year-old “girl­friend”.

Laun­dry worker Mo­ham­mad Il­ham Mo­ham­mad Arif­fin ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the of­fence at a store­room at a con­do­minium in Ban­dar Baru Am­pang at 4am on July 3 last year.

He was charged with statu­tory rape un­der Sec­tion 376(1) of the Pe­nal Code, which car­ries a max­i­mum 20-year jail term and whip­ping, upon con­vic­tion.

In plead­ing for le­niency, Il­ham’s lawyer, S. Purn­ima, said he did not know the girl was un­der­aged.

In hand­ing down the sentence, Am­pang Ses­sions judge Azrul Darus or­dered it to run from the date of Il­ham’s ar­rest on July 5 last year.

Il­ham met the girl through the WeChat mo­bile mes­sag­ing ap­pli­ca­tion.

On the day in ques­tion, the duo went out and Il­ham took her to the con­do­minium, where he raped her in a store­room on Level 19.

When he sent the girl home, her fa­ther was awake and took her for a check-up at Am­pang Hos­pi­tal later that day where tests re­vealed she had been raped.

The fa­ther then lodged a re­port, lead­ing to Il­ham’s ar­rest two days later.

In Ge­orge Town, a for­mer pri­mary school se­cu­rity guard was sen­tenced to 10 years in jail and two strokes of the rotan for rap­ing a 21-year old clerk.

Tarmizi Yaakob, 22 from Per­matang Da­mar Laut here, pleaded guilty to com­mit­ting the of­fence at a home in Teluk Kum­bar be­tween 4.30am and 5.30am on Oct 8, 2015.

Ses­sions Court judge Ir­wan Suain­bon, in read­ing out his de­ci­sion, said Tarmizi must re­alise that the victim would have to live with the trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence for the rest of her life.

Tarmizi’s lawyer, Sukhin­darpal Singh, in mit­i­ga­tion, said his client was re­morse­ful and had saved the court’s time by plead­ing guilty.

Tarmizi is also fac­ing the death penalty for the mur­der of 17-yearold In­tan Su­raya Mawardi.

Tarmizi, who is known as “Ba­boon”, was ac­cused of mur­der­ing In­tan Su­raya be­tween 7.30am and 7.30pm at Flat Ban­dar Baru Perda, Teluk Kum­bar, Bayan Lepas, on Oct 25.

It was re­ported that In­tan Su­raya was found semi-nude in a pool of blood on her bed.

Po­lice had re­port­edly said the girl was raped and her throat slit.

The hear­ing con­tin­ues.

PIC BY FARAH MARSHITA AB­DUL PATAH

Mo­ham­mad Il­ham Mo­ham­mad Arif­fin ad­mit­ted to rap­ing a 12year-old girl in the Am­pang Ses­sions Court yes­ter­day.

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