KUALA LUMPUR: A cook who took a visiting teenager away from her hotel room to rape and rob her two years ago has been jailed 23 years and ordered to be caned thrice.
For the rape of the college student, Sessions Judge Akhtar Tahir jailed Wong Tzee Hsiung, 29, for 15 years and ordered him whipped.
He sentenced Wong to another eight years in prison for stealing the student's cell phone at knifepoint.
The judge ordered the sentences to run concurrently from the date of his arrest on Aug 24, 2001.
“I have considered the evidence which implicated a cruel act. He not only raped the victim but also took her away.
“The accused had also uttered that her family would be hurt if she did not co-operate (with him),” Akhtar said in delivering his decision yesterday.
Wong, from Limbawan in Keningau, Sabah, was quiet when the decision was delivered.
He had on Aug 30, 2001, claimed trial to raping the student, who was 19 then, at a hotel in Jalan Raja Laut here at about 9pm on May 30, 2001.
He had also pleaded not guilty to robbing her of her cell phone worth RM200 at knifepoint.
The trial revealed that the victim was staying with her brother, their mother and another young girl at another hotel in Cheras on the day of the incident.
The cook had intruded into their room when she was alone and took her to the other hotel.