Rapist cops get 12 years

> Ap­peals Court up­holds con­vic­tion of three po­lice­men who raped In­done­sian

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PU­TRA­JAYA: Three of­fi­cers were sent to jail for 12 years and or­dered to be given two strokes of the rotan each, after they lost their fi­nal ap­peal to set aside their con­vic­tions for rap­ing an In­done­sian wo­man and forc­ing her to per­form oral sex on them.

Con­sta­ble Remmy Anak Dana, 29, Syahi­ran Romli, 25, and Cor­po­ral Nik Sin Mat Lazim, 37, com­mit­ted the two of­fences on the then 25-yearold wo­man at Room 4, Perai Po­lice Bar­racks in But­ter­worth, Pe­nang, be­tween 6.40am and 7.30am on Nov 9, 2012.

The Ap­peals Court unan­i­mously dis­missed the trio’s ap­peal after rul­ing that their con­vic­tions were safe.

Jus­tice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, who chaired the three-man panel, held that ju­di­cial com­mis­sioner Azmi Arif­fin did not err in his find­ings on the facts and law in the case as to war­rant the ap­pel­late court’s in­ter­ven­tion.

On May 12, last year, the But­ter­worth ses­sions court found the cops guilty of the two charges and sen­tenced each of them to 12 years jail and one stroke of the rotan for each of­fence, to be served con­cur­rently.

The po­lice­men ap­pealed against the judg­ment and last Dec 2, the Pe­nang High Court up­held the con­vic­tions and main­tained the sen­tence of 12 years and one stroke of the cane for the rape of­fence but re­duced the sen­tence for the sec­ond of­fence to eight years and one stroke of the cane.

The trio were or­dered to serve their sen­tences con­cur­rently. How­ever, they were granted a stay of sen­tence pend­ing their ap­peal, and re­leased on bail of RM30,000 each.

Based on the facts of the case, the wo­man and her male com­pan­ion, a taxi driver, were head­ing home from a pub when they were stopped by po­lice who in­spected the wo­man’s travel doc­u­ment.

She was brought to the po­lice sta­tion after be­ing told by Nik Sin that the pho­to­stated copy of her pass­port could not be ac­cepted, while her com­pan­ion drove back to their house to get her pass­port.

At the po­lice sta­tion, the wo­man was brought to a room where the three cops raped and forced her to per­form oral sex on them. She was sent home on the same day in Syahi­ran’s car and warned not to tell any­one about the in­ci­dent. – Ber­nama

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