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Filipino gets 10 years, rotan for raping girl, 14
Published on: Thursday, March 17, 2022
By: Mardinah Jikur
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Filipino gets 10 years, rotan for raping girl, 14
SANDAKAN: A Filipino was jailed 10 years and ordered given a stroke of the rotan for raping a 14-year-old girl who as a result gave birth to a baby.

Session Court Judge, Darmafikri Abu Adam handed the sentence to Man Lebba @ Manda, 54, who pleaded guilty to the charge against him. He was also ordered to be referred to the Immigration Department for further action after the sentence.

Man Lebba had raped the girl on February 2017 when the girl was sleep at her friend’s house in Kg Sim-Sim. The girl’s friend was Man Lebba’s daughter. On July 3, 2017, the victim’s sister brought her to the emergency ward of the Duchess of Kent Hospital as the victim was feeling unwell.

The doctor confirmed that the girl was six months pregnant. The doctor subsequently lodged a report.

The blood specimen of Man Lebba matched with the victim’s baby DNA.

Man Lebba were charged under Section 376 (1) of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to 20 years, and whipping, on conviction.

In his appeal before the sentence, he asked for a light punishment (hukuman diringankan seringan-ringannya) and he was sorry for what has he has done, and his wife is paralysed and needed someone to take care of her.

Man Lebba said he is from the Philippines and has been remanded since July 6, 2017. Deputy Public Prosecutor, Mark Kenneth Netto, in pressing for a deterrent sentence said the offence was serious.

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