KUALA LUMPUR: A man testified in the Sessions Court yesterday that his wife told him a taxi driver paid her RM500 after raping her in November 2001.
The husband, a 39-year-old despatch clerk, said his wife, 24, told him about the incident after the taxi driver dropped her off near their house in Taman Tun Dr Ismail on the night of Nov 29, 2001.
Questioned by DPP Stanley Augustin, the husband said he had waited for the taxi at a petrol kiosk that night after receiving a call from the driver, Abd Ghani Abd Karim, 28.
Abd Ghani is charged with raping the woman in the backseat of his taxi in Seputeh, here, between 9.30pm and 10.30pm on Nov 29, 2001.
The husband said the Abd Ghani told him over the telephone that his wife was having an affair with another man.
He was a stranger to me. He said he wanted to meet me that night to discuss my wifes affair and that my wife was with him that night. He wanted me to wait in Taman Tun for him.
I called him back repeatedly on the same number and finally got to speak to my wife after about two hours later, at 11pm.
Her voice was trembling and she was crying. She asked me to wait for her at the petrol station near my house.
She sounded as though she was in fear, he said, adding that the man finally sent his wife to him.
He said he took his wife home and was told that she was raped when he confronted her that night.
She looked exhausted and was in a daze. She could not say much. She only cried rape and showed me the RM500 the taxi driver had given her, he said.
Cross-examined by counsel Sreekant Pillai, the husband said his wife had finished work at a shopping centre at 6pm that day but she went out with a female colleague.
However, when he telephoned the colleague after receiving the taxi drivers call, he was told that his wife had left the shopping centre with a man who she thought was her husband.
The trial before Sessions Judge Akhtar Tahir continues tomorrow.