PENANG: A High Court judge said he would not interfere with a lower court’s decision to impose a 12-year jail sentence on three youths for raping a minor, as rape offences were currently rampant throughout the country.
“This has to stop and therefore, the court must convey the message that this sort of abuse against children and women will not be accepted by society,” Justice Dr R.K. Nathan said.
Earlier, when dismissing the appeal by factory workers Mohd Fairus Mohamud, 18, Mat Isa Mohamed Rashid, 19, and Sharul Rizuan Saad, 20, he said the court had to take into consideration that the defence had not challenged the evidence leading up to the rape.
He added that the court had to consider the case as statutory rape although the victim had consented to having sexual intercourse with the three accused, as she was only 14-years-old at the time of the offence.
“I have to accept her story that the trio raped her although she may have been a minor who was willing to go out with three boys,” he said.
The Butterworth Sessions court jailed Mohd Fairus, Mat Isa and Sharul 12 years each on Sept 12 last year for the offence.
The three accused together with two others still at large were charged with raping the girl at an abandoned house in Taman Widuri, Sungai Bakap in Seberang Perai Selatan at 11.30pm on Oct 5, 2002.