MUM CRIES AS TEEN SON CHARGED WITH RAP­ING THREE SIS­TERS

Ac­cused faces four counts of rap­ing and mo­lest­ing vic­tims, aged 8, 10 and 14

New Straits Times - - Front Page - ADIE SURI ZULKEFLI SUN­GAI PETANI news@nst.com.my

TWO weeks ago, a 39year-old mother of 12 from Sun­gai La­yar was forced to make one of the most dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions of her life.

She was torn be­tween her love for her three daugh­ters and her son, when the sis­ters claimed that they had been raped and mo­lested by their own brother.

Her ma­ter­nal in­stincts con­vinced her that she should put a stop to the heinous act.

To pro­tect her daugh­ters, she lodged a po­lice re­port, which led to her son’s ar­rest.

This morn­ing, her tears flowed freely as she watched her 18-yearold son stand in the dock of a Ses­sions Court here to face four counts of rap­ing and mo­lest­ing his sis­ters, aged 8, 10 and 14.

Ac­com­pa­nied by her young chil­dren and rel­a­tives, the mother was seen wip­ing away tears as she lis­tened to the four charges be­ing read that may send her son be­hind bars if found guilty.

For the first charge, the teen is ac­cused of hav­ing raped his 8year-old sis­ter at house num­ber F 12, Kam­pung Baru, Pu­lau Tiga in Sun­gai La­yar here, about 8pm on July 19.

For the sec­ond charge, he was ac­cused of rap­ing his 14-year-old sis­ter at a house in Lorong Kuda Kepang, Ta­man Ria Jaya, here about 9pm on April 21.

He was charged un­der Sec­tion 376B of the Pe­nal Code for both of­fences, which carry a jail term of no less than 10 years and up to 30 years and whip­ping, upon con­vic­tion.

The teen was also charged with two sep­a­rate counts of mo­lest­ing his two sis­ters aged 14 and 10 in two in­ci­dents at F12, Kam­pung Baru, Pu­lau Tiga in Sun­gai La­yar on July 14 and July 18.

He was charged un­der Sec­tion 377CA of the Pe­nal Code for mo­lest, which car­ries a min­i­mum of five years’ jail and a max­i­mum of 30 years’ jail and whip­ping, if found guilty.

The ac­cused who was not rep­re­sented, nod­ded when asked by the court in­ter­preter whether he un­der­stood the charges, but was at loss when asked to state his plea.

Judge Sai­ful Ba­hari Adzmi had to re­peat the ques­tion twice be­fore the teen pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sai­ful granted the call and fixed Sept 5 for men­tion to al­low the ac­cused to ap­point a lawyer.

The ac­cused, clad in pur­ple­coloured lock-up at­tire, froze when Sai­ful asked him whether he knew how to ap­point a lawyer. This prompted the judge to ask whether any of his rel­a­tives were present in court.

When met out­side the court, the ac­cused’s mother said she would seek help from the Le­gal Aid Cen­tre as her fam­ily could not af­ford a lawyer.

PIC BY MUHAM­MAD HAFIS NAWAWI

The ac­cused be­ing led to the Ses­sions Court in Sun­gai Petani yes­ter­day.

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