Sex abuse case gets world­wide cov­er­age

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The re­volt­ing news of the fa­ther who al­legedly sodomised his teenage daugh­ter has at­tracted world­wide cov­er­age.

Wire ser­vices, news­pa­pers and por­tals around the world picked up the story, which has drawn much in­ter­est and anger among read­ers.

Sin­ga­pore-based Asia One high­lighted the as­ton­ish­ing length of the charge sheet against the 36-year-old unit trust agent, who pleaded not guilty for al­legedly sodomis­ing his 15-yearold daugh­ter “more than 200 times in the first three months of this year”.

The Straits Times re­ported that the ac­cused also faced “one count of rape and 30 counts of com­mit­ting phys­i­cal sex­ual as­sault with­out in­ter­course on the girl since she was 13”.

A re­port by Agence FrancePresse on the court pro­ceed­ings was picked up by Sin­ga­pore’s Chan­nel News Asia, Hong Kong­based South China Morn­ing Post, and the Philip­pines’ ABS-CBN News.

It was also shared by Great Bri­tain’s The Sun, This is Money (UK Daily Mail’s fi­nan­cial web­site), Mid­dle Eastern Al-Ara­biya and Nige­rian Naija News, and the Punch.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the story were head­lines such as “Malaysian ac­cused of over 600 sex as­saults against teenage daugh­ter” and “Man faces up to 12,000 years in jail for sex­ual as­sault against daugh­ter”.

The re­ports stated that court of­fi­cials took two days to read out the charges against the of­fender.

It also de­scribed the be­spec­ta­cled man, in a grey T-shirt and blue trousers, as be­ing “calm when the charges were read in court”. The man’s name, how­ever, was not re­vealed to pro­tect the vic­tim’s iden­tity.

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