SODOMY HOR­ROR: ‘MON­STER DAD’ CALM AS RE­MAIN­ING 444 CHARGES ARE READ OUT

Al­leged crimes oc­curred daily for 4 months

New Straits Times - - Front Page - TASNIM LOKMAN AND LAILI IS­MAIL KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

UN­FAZED by the pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing him, the 36-year-old ac­cused of sodomis­ing and rap­ing his teenage daugh­ter more than 600 times re­mained calm as the re­main­ing 444 charges were read to him in court yes­ter­day.

All 444 charges read out were for com­mit­ting car­nal in­ter­course against the order of na­ture with­out con­sent, un­der Sec­tion 377(C) of the Pe­nal Code, which car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of 20 years’ jail and whip­ping.

The man, cut­ting a lonely fig­ure as none of his fam­ily or friends showed up at court, pleaded not guilty to all charges be­fore judge Yong Zarida Sazali at the Spe­cial Courts for Sex­ual Crimes Against Chil­dren.

Pro­ceed­ings be­gan at 9.08am and ended at 11.50am, with three breaks in be­tween.

With the charges pre­ferred yes­ter­day, the num­ber of of­fences the man is fac­ing stands at 626, though ear­lier it had been re­ported that he would face 631 charges.

On Wed­nes­day, he had been charged with 182 counts un­der the Pe­nal Code, Sex­ual Of­fences Against Chil­dren Act 2017 and Sec­tion 31(1)(b) of the Child Act 2016.

Speak­ing softly but fast, court in­ter­preter S. Umma read out one charge af­ter the other to the ac­cused through­out the three hours of pro­ceed­ings as he stood in the dock.

Ev­ery charge read yes­ter­day in­volved the fa­ther sodomis­ing his 15-year-old daugh­ter three times a day, ev­ery day through­out Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary, April and June.

The al­leged crimes ap­peared to be a daily rou­tine timed be­tween 6 and 7am, 1 and 2pm, and 11pm and midnight.

The fa­ther had stopped com­mit­ting the of­fences on May 25, 26 and 27 and con­tin­ued it from May 28 to July 20.

He al­legedly com­mit­ted all the of­fences at the mas­ter bed­room of a house in Sun­gai Way, Pe­tal­ing Jaya.

The ac­cused, who is a unit trust agent, has been un­der po­lice re­mand since his ar­rest on July 26.

His ar­rest was prompted by the girl’s mother lodg­ing a po­lice re­port two days ear­lier.

The vic­tim, who had been liv­ing with the fa­ther since the par­ents’ di­vorce, only re­vealed the or­deal to her mother when she learnt that her fa­ther had planned to take her two younger sis­ters to live with them.

On Wed­nes­day, he was slapped with 182 charges com­pris­ing one count of rap­ing the girl on July 21; 30 counts of phys­i­cal sex­ual as­sault and one count of sex­ual abuse from July 11 to July 20; and 150 counts of sodomy for the month of March.

He faces a max­i­mum sen­tence of 30 years’ jail and li­able to whip­ping if con­victed of rape, and a jail sen­tence of up to 20 years, and whip­ping, for phys­i­cal sex­ual as­sault un­der Sec­tion 14 of the Sex­ual Of­fences Against Chil­dren Act 2017 and sex­u­ally abus­ing the vic­tim un­der Sec­tion 31(1)(b) of the Child Act 2016.

In their ob­jec­tion for bail, deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tors Aimi Syazwani Sarmin and Nordalina Ali sub­mit­ted that it was a non­bail­able of­fence.

Aimi Syazwani said the ac­cused might flee due to the mul­ti­tude of of­fences and heavy pun­ish­ment.

She also said the vic­tim was his bi­o­log­i­cal daugh­ter and the man might es­cape and ha­rass wit­nesses and the vic­tim.

The ac­cused pleaded for bail and asked for the amount to be kept low. How­ever, the court de­nied his plea for bail.

Yong Zarida set Sept 18 for men­tion of the case.

The case has also gar­nered the at­ten­tion of the for­eign me­dia.

It has also be­come a hot topic on so­cial me­dia, with Ne­ti­zens’ out­rage ob­vi­ous in their com­ments.

Those who left com­ments on the New Straits Times’ Face­book page pro­posed var­i­ous pu­n­ish­ments if he is found guilty.

Many of the sug­ges­tions were un­print­able.

Nu­mer­ous com­ments re­ferred to him as the devil, say­ing that he was worse than an an­i­mal and “sick in the head”, as they de­manded that he be buried alive or hanged to death.

There were those, how­ever, who called for the pub­lic to be more con­cerned about the vic­tim’s well­be­ing af­ter her or­deal.

Keni Chi ques­tioned the lack of ad­vice on how the vic­tim could be healed and move on with her life.

“Did any­one sug­gest any­thing safe and con­struc­tive for the daugh­ter to re­build her life, so­ci­ety’s ac­cep­tance of her, her men­tal and emo­tional state?

“Let us not for­get that there is a vic­tim here. Fo­cus on the ef­forts to bring her ‘back’ to so­ci­ety.”

An­other com­ment, from Ravi Aru­mugam, said: “Our prayers should go to the vic­tim who is his own daugh­ter.

“She was brave enough to come out and con­fess to her mother.”

PIC BY MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

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

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