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Friday, December 31, 2021

Man gets 6 years, whipping for sexually assaulting young girl


The labourer being led away after being jailed for sexual assault. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: A labourer was sentenced to six years in prison and two strokes of the cane by the sessions court here today for committing sexual assault on a four-year-old girl last Saturday.

Judge Norita Mohd Ardani meted out the punishment on the 38-year-old man after he pleaded guilty to committing the offence and ordered him to serve the jail sentence from today.

He was also ordered to be placed under police surveillance for two years after serving the jail sentence.

The accused was charged with committing the act against the four-year-old girl behind a house in Kampung Chulek, Kampar, about 9pm on Christmas Day.

He was charged under Section 14 (a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, which provides a maximum jail term of 20 years and whipping, and be placed under police surveillance for a minimum period of one year and a maximum of three years, upon conviction.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Nur Amanina Zulkefli pressed for a deterrent punishment to serve as a lesson to the accused, who is also the victim’s relative.

The man, who was not represented, appealed for leniency on the grounds that he was looking after his ailing father.

According to the facts of the case, on the day of the incident, the girl came crying to her mother who was at the front of the house.

She told her the accused had taken her to the back of the house and narrated what had happened.

The mother then lodged a police report and the accused was later arrested at 12.45 am on Dec 26. - FMT

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