Man, 22, gets jail, rotan for raping 12-year-old
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.
Mohammad Ilham Mohammad Ariffin admitted to raping a 12year-old girl in the Ampang Sessions Court yesterday.