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Former Perak exco ordered to enter defence on rape charge


IPOH: The High Court here yesterday ordered a former state executive councillor to enter his defence to a charge of raping his Indonesian maid.

Judge Datuk Abdul Wahab Mohamed said the prosecutio­n had proven a prima facie case against Paul Yong Choo Kiong for the charge.

Wahab, in his judgment, said two elements had been proven from prosecutio­n witnesses that the alleged rape took place.

He said the first element proven was the penetratio­n and secondly, the accused had sex without the victim’s consent, apart from the victim’s statement, which was also consistent.

Wahab said an obstetrici­an and gynaecolog­ist from Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB) known as SP5, who examined the victim, revealed a fresh abrasion to her posterior fourchette caused by the possibilit­y of penetratio­n by a blunt object or organ.

For the second element, he added that the sex took place without the consent of the victim, also known as SP15, where she had fought and franticall­y cried but it couldn’t be heard as the door was closed.

“SP15 tried to fight back and pushed the accused but he is bigger and stronger. She had to run away to the washroom. She felt dirty, disgusted, and insulted (hina) when treated in such a way,” he said.

After poring over all the submission­s and case exhibits, Wahab said the court found that the prosecutio­n had succeeded in proving a prima facie case against the accused.

“As such, the accused has been ordered to enter his defence,” he said.

Wahab told Yong that he had three options, which was to give evidence in court, to provide a sworn statement or to remain silent.

Yong’s lead counsel, Datuk Rajpal Singh, told the court that his client opted for a sworn statement.

“We will be calling four witnesses to testify,” he said.

The court then set Feb 15 and 16 for Yong to submit his defence.

Yong, 51, pleaded not guilty on Aug 23, 2019, to a charge of raping his 25-year-old Indonesian domestic helper at his house in Meru Desa Park on July 7, 2019, between 8.15pm and 9.15pm.

He was then the state housing, local government, public transport, non-Islamic affairs and new villages committee chairman.

He was tried under Section 376 (1) of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 20 years, and possible whipping, if convicted.

The prosecutio­n had called 23 witnesses, including two protected witnesses, to testify during the trial, which began on April 5.

Counsels Rajpal and Salim Bashir represente­d Yong while deputy public prosecutor­s Azlina Rashdi, Liyana Zawani Mohd Radzi and Mohd Fitri Sadarudin appeared for the prosecutio­n.

 ?? PIC BY SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM ?? Paul Yong Choo Kiong arriving at the High Court in Ipoh yesterday.
PIC BY SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM Paul Yong Choo Kiong arriving at the High Court in Ipoh yesterday.

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