SHAH ALAM: Unhappy that he was sentenced to 15 years’ jail and six strokes of the rotan for rape, a 55-year-old bomoh filed an appeal ... and received his just desserts when the High Court handed him the maximum sentence of 20 years’ jail and 10 strokes of the rotan.
Mohd Ikrar Munjeet Abdullah received the maximum sentence provided under Section 376 of the Penal Code for raping a 22-year-old lab assistant six times in December 2008.
He was convicted of raping the woman at Apartment Dahlia in Bukit Beruntung, Rawang, between Dec 13 and Dec 14, 2008.
The Sessions Court found him guilty and sentenced him in July last year.
The victim had sought treatment to cure her of “illness” and “bad luck”. However, instead of treating the victim, the accused raped her six times.
At one point in her ordeal, the victim told Mohd Ikrar that she was hungry. When he left the house to buy food, the victim, who was naked and desperate, climbed out a window and jumped out of the apartment unit.
She took some clothes hung on a drying line nearby to cover herself and met a woman who took her to the nearest police station.
Mohd Ikrar, who was unrepresented, read his appeal submission from the dock.
But instead of appealing for a lighter sentence, he denied the charge against him.
“According to the medical report, semen was not found in the vagina and on the mattress.
“I did not do what was accused of me,” he said.
DPP Fazillah Begum Abdul Ghani, in her rebuttal, said semen was not found because the accused would carry the victim to the bathroom and bathe the victim each time after forcing her to have sex.
High Court judge Justice Nurchaya Arshad in her judgment said there was no reason for the court not to believe the victim’s testimony.
“The Sessions Court made the conviction based on facts and the law. Because such crimes are rampant nowadays, this court is increasing the sentence,” she said.
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