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Paedophile jailed 32 years for sexually abusing four boys

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Off to prison …(from left) Mohd Hafis followed by Mohd Fazly being escorted by a policeman to the court lock-up after the hearing

8th June, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: A young paedophile was yesterday jailed a total of 32 years for committing sexual abuse against four boys. Mohd Hafis Jarashid, 19, admitted before Sessions Court Judge Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim, to committing the eight crimes.

The accused took advantage of the four boys aged 9 to 14 by touching their private parts and asking the boys to perform oral sex on him at a house in Papar between Sept 9 and Sept 24 last year.

On the first to the fourth charge, he had touched the private part of the boys, an offence under Section 14 (a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.

For the other four charges, Mohd Hafis had made the boys touched his private part, an offence under Section 14 (b) of the same Act.

The indictment provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and also liable to whipping, upon conviction.

The court sentenced the accused to eight years jail for each crime and the jail sentence to run concurrently except for the first, third, fifth and seventh charge which will run consecutively. The custodial sentence will take effect from the date of arrest on Sept 25, 2017.

In seeking for leniency, Mohd Hafis who was not represented told the court that he is very remorseful with his actions and wanted to start anew.

However Deputy Public Prosecutor Dinesh Raja, urged for a deterrent sentence by taking into consideration the public interest and the rampancy of such cases.

He also emphasized that the accused had committed very serious offences.

Based on the brief facts of the case, the accused was staying at his foster sister’s house in Kinarut, Papar.

The victims, who were known to be riding their bicycles around, had known Mohd Hafis between one and two years as the accused often came to the children’s neighbourhood.

On separate occasions, the accused who is also known as Daigo, had approached the victims starting with the 14-year-old victim and followed by the 13-year-old, 12-year-old and nine-year-old on September 17, 21, 22 and 24, 2017, respectively.

He brought them for joyrides and after that they would go to his foster sister’s house. Upon arrival, he would sneak into his room along with the victims as he did not want his sister to know about it.

Later, inside the room, the accused ordered the victim to lie down on a couch and removed his clothes.

He had masturbated before forcefully removing the boys’ pants and held the boys’ private parts. The accused also ordered the boys to touch his private part and the boys unwillingly followed his instructions.

Apart from that, Mohd Hafis also ordered the boys to suck his private part before leaving the room.

He then threatened them not to relate the matter to their families and sent them back to their neighbourhood.

The boys later related to one another about the incident and not long after, their families came to know about it.

On Sept 25, 2017, the victims and their families lodged a police report against Mohd Hafis at the Papar police station. – NEDM

   
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