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Thursday December 12, 2013 MYT 10:42:46 AM
by stephanie lee
KOTA KINABALU: A 40-year-old restaurant manager, who raped a 13-year-old schoolgirl and later married her in an apparent bid to get the rape charges dropped, has been told to enter his defence.
Sessions Court judge Ummu Kalthom Samad ruled that there was a prima facie case against Riduan Masmud (pic) after taking into consideration all the evidence given throughout the trial.
Riduan was ordered to enter his defence on Dec 16 and 17.
“Having also given a maximum evaluation on the evidence heard, the prosecution has established a prima facie case against Riduan. If he chooses to remain silent during the two days, I am prepared to give a conviction,” she said during the ruling at the Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court yesterday.
Riduan remains unrepresented after his counsel Loretto S. Padua discharged himself from the case on Sept 19.
He is expected to call on several witnesses, including the victim’s parents, when he enters his defence next week.
Riduan, a father of four children aged between two and 17, was charged with raping the schoolgirl in a parked vehicle on a road near Kionsom Waterfall in Inanam between 9am and 10am on Feb 18.
The news shocked the nation when he later took the schoolgirl as his second wife in May as efforts were made to withdraw the case against him.
Riduan is also charged with bribing the girl’s father to withdraw the police report.
He is accused of offering RM5,000 to the man on April 18 and for giving RM2,000 and RM3,000 between 9pm and midnight at separate locations in Kota Kinabalu on the same day.
The Corruption court set Jan 9 for the mention of the case.
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