3 HOURS TO CHARGE MONSTER DAD

182 charges were pre­ferred yes­ter­day, 449 charges will be read to­day

New Straits Times - - News - KHAIRAH N. KARIM PUTRAJAYA news@nst.com.my

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.

PIC BY AH­MAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

The sus­pect be­ing taken to the Spe­cial Court for Sex­ual Crimes Against Chil­dren in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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