IN TEARS: Riduan Masmud hugging his wife and daughter outside the Sessions Court in Kota Kinabalu after being sentenced to 12 years’ jail and two strokes of the rotan for raping an underage girl a year ago. — NORMIMIE DIUN/The Star
KOTA KINABALU: A restaurant manager who tried to evade the law by marrying a 12-year-old girl he had sex with has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for rape.
Sessions Court judge Ummu Kalthom Abdul Samad also ordered Riduan Masmud, 41, to be given two lashes of the rotan.
She, however, allowed a stay of execution after Riduan’s counsel Ram Singh said his client would be appealing his conviction and sentencing.
She allowed him bail of RM15,000 and ordered one of the two sureties to be Riduan’s first wife.
Riduan, a father of four children aged between two and 17, was charged with raping the schoolgirl under Section 376 of the Penal Code, which provides for a jail term of up to 20 years.
Ummu Kalthom had convicted Riduan of the offence on Jan 24 and he was supposed to be sentenced three days later. However, she issued a warrant for his arrest on Jan 27 after he failed to turn up for the sentencing.
In passing sentence yesterday, Ummu Kalthom said she had to mete out a penalty that would serve as a deterrent to others.
“The fact that the maximum penalty for this offence is 20 years in jail reflects the seriousness of the offence,” she said.
She noted that during the trial, it was ascertained that the girl met Riduan through Facebook where he posed as a 24-year-old man and on the day they met, she and a friend were picked by the accused at Inanam town.
He then drove them towards the waterfall area where he raped her in the car in the presence of the friend.
Noting that the girl was just 12 years and six months old when the offence was committed, Ummu Kalthom said: “A mature adult who has intercourse with a child should not expect a lenient sentence.”
Victim just wants to go back to school