Charged with raping daughter, 17
Published on: Saturday, January 12, 2019
By: Cynthia D Baga

Kota Kinabalu: A 52-year-old man charged with raping his daughter will go trial on May 6-9. Sessions Court Judge Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim set the date for the man who maintained his plea of not guilty when the case was brought up for mention, Friday.

He is accused of raping the 17-year-old girl at 11.55pm on Dec 28, last year at a house in Ulu Kimanis, Papar.

The offence under Section 376(3) of the Penal Code carries a jail term of between eight and 30 years, and at least 10 strokes of the cane, upon conviction.

The man asked for bail, saying that he was innocent as he was drunk during the alleged incident.

However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Khairuddin Idris objected to bail on the grounds that the alleged victim was the man’s daughter and there is a high possibility that he might tamper with the witnesses.

Khairuddin informed the court that the man was staying in same house with the girl.

The court ordered the man to be remanded further pending the date.

Meanwhile,  the sentencing of a 20-year-old taekwondo coach charged with raping an underaged girl, had been deferred to Jan 24.

Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz postponed Dinesh Ganabathy’s sentencing after his social report was read out Friday, but he disputed the facts of the case.

He has on Nov 14, last year, pleaded guilty to raping the 15-year-old girl at 9pm on Dec 3, 2017 at a taekwondo centre in Beaufort.

Dinesh made the plea during his trial after calling three witnesses.

The offence under Section 376(1) of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to 20 years, and whipping, upon conviction.

The social report stated that Dinesh who is from Johor, first knew the alleged victim at a taekwondo tournament in Beaufort and the girl started following him to every tournament and taekwondo training at the centre.

He claimed the girl never attended school and she seduced him, leading to sexual relationship without force.

Dinesh had disputed the facts of  the case stating that he forced the girl to take off her clothes as well as not stopping his act when she begged him.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Dinesh Raja appeared for the prosecution while counsel Ram Singh and Kimberly Ye defended Dinesh.


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