MIRI: A twice-married labourer was charged in the Sessions Court here yesterday with committing five counts of incest against his 14-year-old daughter.
The victim, a school dropout, was his only daughter from his first wife.
The accused, 39, was charged in two separate Sessions Courts. The court withheld the identity of the accused and the victim.
Prosecuting officer Chief Insp Ang Seow Aun, when tendering the five charges against the accused, asked the court not to record any plea from the accused.
He told judge Timothy Joel that he had received a directive to hand over the case to a Deputy Public Prosecutor.
“Due to the seriousness of incest offences, the Attorney-General’s Chambers has directed that such cases must be handled by a DPP.”
He also asked for bail to be denied in view of the seriousness of the case.
“In the interest of the public and for the safety of the victim, the accused must not be allowed bail. The victim is still living in his house,” said Chief Insp Ang.
The judge allowed the prosecution’s application not to record any plea from the accused. He also denied him bail.
All the five charges will be mentioned again next Tuesday.
Chief Insp Ang acted on behalf of the prosecution for the five cases. They were mentioned before the same judge.
In the first charge, the accused was alleged to have committed incest against his daughter in a house at 12.30am on May 1.
In the second charge, he was said to have committed the same offence against her in a hotel room between 7pm and 12am on June 27.
The third charge alleged that he did the same thing to her the next day on June 28 at the same hotel.
The two other charges alleged that the accused committed incest against the girl on July 27 at a hotel between 7pm and 12am and again on Aug 4 at the same hotel at the same period of time.
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