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Rape: Court calls uncle to enter defence

30th September, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: A 53-year-old man was ordered to enter his defence on three charges of raping his niece in the period of eight years.

Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz set October 11 for the man to answer the charges after she ruled that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against him.

The unrepresented accused chose to defend himself by unsworn statement.

Initially at the prosecution stage, deputy public prosecutor Husna Abdul Halim had called seven witnesses to testify.

On the first count, the man allegedly raped his 12-year-old niece at a house in a village in Beaufort at 9am on April 24, 2008.

On the second and third counts, he is accused of raping the same girl when she was aged 20 at the same place at 8am and 9am on Aug 15 and Oct 6 2016, respectively.

The offence, framed under Section 376(3) of the Penal Code, carries a jail term of between eight and 30 years and whipping, upon conviction.

In another case, 23 immigrants including five women who intended to seek employment here were jailed between four and five months for illegal entry.

The court handed down the punishment after they pleaded guilty to separate charges framed under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, which carries a maximum fine of RM10,000, or a jail term of up to five years, or both, and whipping.

Fourteen of the men will be whipped once while the rest were spared the whip.

The immigrants will be referred to the Immigration Department for their biometric data to be recorded before being deported.

Prosecuting officer Chief Inspector Lim Swee Beng prosecuted. – NEDM

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