SIBU: A farmer has been charged at the Sessions Court here for committing three counts of incest with his mentally-challenged daughter which resulted in her delivering a still-born baby.
The accused, Tang Huat Hock, 45, remained silent when the charges under Section 376A and 376B of the Penal Code were read to him.
Justice Caroline Bee Majanil on Wednesday fixed July 30 for further mention of the case and Jan 19 to 20 next year for trial.
According to the brief fact of the case, the accused had committed the offence on three occasions – at 1pm sometime end-February, at 1pm on March 17 and at 1pm on April 5 – at the family’s home in Durin, about one hour’s drive from here.
He was picked up by the police at his home in Sungai Durin on June 29.
The case was uncovered in April by the 15-year-old’s grandmother, who found her sick and was vomitting.
She then sent her to the hospital here where doctors discovered the girl was seven months pregnant.
As the victim could not disclose who the culprit was, fingers were pointed at a 76-year-old neighbour.
The result of a DNA test on the neighbour, however, was negative.
It was then that the police took samples of DNA from the baby and the grandfather for analysis.
The Chemistry Department in Kuching confirmed that the DNA sample from the accused matched that of the still-born baby.
If convicted, he could be sentenced up to 30 years jail.