3 HOURS TO CHARGE MONSTER DAD
182 charges were preferred yesterday, 449 charges will be read today
IT was 182 charges yesterday; 449 more to go today. Three hours wasn’t enough for the Special Court for Sexual Crimes Against Children to hear a total of 631 charges read out, in the case of a 36-year-old suspect accused of sodomising and raping his daughter over 600 times.
The session, which was originally slated to begin at 9am yesterday, started only at 2.50pm as the prosecutors and investigating officer had spent the whole morning counting the charge sheets to enable the proceedings to begin.
Judge Yong Zarida Sazali had ordered for all 631 charges to be read out in court yesterday.
The task of reading out the charges went to court interpreter Nur Azera Zulkefli, 32.
Despite her best efforts to read out the charges in a speedy manner, with two breaks in between, it still took her a total of three hours to complete a whopping 182 charges.
As this was going on, the accused was made to stand in the dock.
He remained expressionless, but as proceedings wore on, the accused appeared to grow tired. Two hours later, he was seen holding on to the dock’s barrier.
Deputy public prosecutor Nordalina Ali told the court that the registration of the charge sheets had not been completed. The proceedings ended at 6.10pm.
The remaining charges will be read out this morning.
The accused, who works as a unit trust agent, was facing charges under the Penal Code, Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 (SOACA) and Child Act 2016.
He was alleged to have sodomised, raped and sexually abused his 15-year-old daughter for two years.
On certain occasions, he was alleged to have committed the offence three times a day for a whole month.
He had been under police remand since his arrest on July 26. His arrest was prompted by a report lodged by the girl’s mother two days earlier.
It was reported that the accused had been committing the heinous acts since he divorced his wife in 2015. After the divorce, the victim came under his custody while his ex-wife cared for their other daughters.
It was learnt that the girl had only revealed her ordeal to her mother when she learnt that her father had wanted to take her two younger sisters to live with them.
The bespectacled man, clad in a grey T-shirt, had 150 counts of committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature, an offence under Section 377(C) of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years’ jail and whipping.
He was also charged with one count of raping the girl on July 21 under Section 376A (incest) of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years’ jail and shall also be liable to whipping if convicted.
He faced another 30 counts of physical sexual assault under Section 14/16 of the SOACA, which provides a jail sentence of up to 20 years, and whipping, and another count for sexually abusing the victim under Section 31(1)(b) of the Child Act.
He allegedly committed the offences inside the master bedroom of a house in Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya, between July 11 and July 20.
In their objection for bail, DPPs Nordalina Ali and Aimi Syazwani Sarmin submitted that it was a non-bailable offence.
“The victim is his biological daughter. It is a serious case and the accused might abscond and harass the witnesses and victim,” said Nordalina.
Meanwhile, the accused pleaded for bail, saying that he is bearing his father’s medical expenses.
“I have to take care of my parents and I have a car loan to pay. I also plead for a minimum amount for bail,” he said.
However, the court denied bail and set today for the remaining charges to be read out.
The suspect being taken to the Special Court for Sexual Crimes Against Children in Putrajaya yesterday.