KOTA KINABALU: The Sessions Court has issued a warrant of arrest for restaurant manager Riduan Masmud, 40, after he failed to turn up for his sentencing following his conviction for raping a 13-year-old schoolgirl.
Judge Ummu Kalthom Samad issued the warrant of arrest, saying that she was not satisfied with the medical chit (MC) produced by Riduan’s counsel Lo Yun Sin at the hearing.
Lo tendered the MC at the start of the hearing, saying that one of Riduan’s family members gave him the document at about 8am.
After reading the document, Ummu, however, noted that the MC only stated that Riduan was given medical leave for one day and did not say when he could attend court again or what exactly was his ailment.
“If he has chicken pox, for example, he could be out for two weeks,” Ummu said in ordering a 30-minute recess for Lo to contact Riduan or his family to obtain more details about the MC.
However, after the break, Lo told the court that he was unable to contact his client or any of the family members, prompting Ummu to issue the warrant of arrest and ordering a review on Feb 3.
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 last year. He subsequently married the schoolgirl as his second wife in May.
On Jan 24, Ummu convicted Riduan of rape and had fixed sentencing for yesterday.