Home > News > Nation
Tuesday April 15, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday April 15, 2014 MYT 8:42:13 AM
by priscilla dielenberg
Pleading not guilty: Muhamad Hunain being led away from the courtroom after he claimed trial to three charges of sexual offences in George Town.
GEORGE TOWN: A 25-year-old man who earlier admitted to three charges of sexual offences against a disabled teenage girl, plans to marry the 14-year-old.
He also changed his plea to not guilty.
Muhamad Hunain Shah Sufi told the Sessions Court he intended to meet the girl’s family with the possibility of marrying her.
Hunain had on Friday pleaded guilty to all three charges when he was charged at a magistrate’s court here and the case was fixed for sentencing at the Sessions Court yesterday.
However, when the case was called up, he changed his mind and withdrew his plea of guilt.
He claimed trial to two counts of raping the girl, aged 14 years and 10 months, at an apartment in Paya Terubong here at 3pm on March 24, and again at 2pm on March 26.
He also denied sodomising the girl at the same place at 3pm on March 27.
The offences under Sections 376 and 377B of the Penal Code carry a jail term of up to 20 years and possible whipping upon conviction.
DPP Lim Cheah Yit urged the court not to grant bail to Hunain in view of the seriousness of the offences, the girl’s age and physical disability, and her vulnerability as she and Hunain knew each other.
Hunain, in seeking bail, then said he wanted to meet the girl’s family and might marry her.
Lim said this could amount to witness tampering and marriage would have no effect on the case.
He cited a case in Sabah in February where restaurant manager Riduan Masmud, 41, was ordered by the Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court to be jailed 12 years and whipped twice for raping a 13-year-old girl although he had subsequently married her.
Sessions Court judge Khairul Anuar Abdul Halim disallowed bail and advised Hunain to get a lawyer. He fixed May 19 for mention.
Tags / Keywords:
Courts Crime, Hunain, rape, sodomy
Broader definition of rape to be tabled soon
High Court fixes Aug 12 for case management on Jill Ireland application
Cops after security guard accused of raping 12-year-old cousin
Man escapes gallows after Federal Court acquits him of drug-trafficking charges
Malaysian woman sentenced to six weeks' jail for stealing Singapore casino chips
Don’t lose your cool in heatwave
Guan Eng loses 'racist grandmother' suit against opposition leader
It's 'cover up your arms' at Ipoh City Council
Sisters in alms raking it in
Celebrate Raya in style with GEMFIVE
The 3 unexpected life events that leave us in debt
Beaten to death over affair
Pakistan opt to bowl in Pallekele decider
Internet laggard Cuba opens WiFi hotspots across country
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)