IPOH: A wireman was sentenced to eight years' jail and ordered to be given 10 strokes of the rotan by a Sessions Court here for sodomising a seven-year-old boy.
Chang Wai Heng, 47, was found guilty of sodomising the boy in a bathroom at his house at 64, Persiaran Jelapang 7, Taman Silibin between 6.30pm and 8pm between January and April last year while the boy was under the care of his wife.
He, however, was granted a stay of execution by the court pending his appeal against the sentence.
Judge Wong Teck Meng also ordered that Changs bail be increased to RM40,000 from the RM20,000 set by the court earlier.
Earlier, when rejecting defence counsel Naran Singhs mitigation for leniency, Wong said the accused had committed a serious offence and that the court was very concerned over the many rapes and sodomy cases highlighted in the newspapers.
He also said that the accused had taken the opportunity to commit the offence against a minor as he had thought that his victim would not have the capability to defend himself or report the crime to the police.
Instead, it turned out to be the other way around when the boy had been able to testify in court and the victims testimony was supported by several doctors called as prosecution witnesses,'' he added.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Siti Badariah Mohd Yusof had urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence as the accused had breached the trust given by the boys mother to Changs family to take care of her child.