PENANG: A kindergarten teacher has lodged a police report after one of her charges told her that her 12-year-old brother and an 80-year-old neighbour had been molesting her.
The six-year-old girl casually remarked to her teacher during a play session that her brother and elderly neighbour had been using their private parts to rub against hers.
When the teacher pressed for details, the girl said they had done this to her on several occasions at her home in Teluk Kumbar in February.
The teacher lodged a report on the girl's behalf at the Teluk Kumbar police station on Wednesday.
It was learnt that the victim's parents we not co-operating with police over the matter, and had denied that the girl was molested.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Abdul Wahab Embong, who confirmed that a report had been lodged, said the case had been classified as molest under Section 354 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a possible fine or whipping following a conviction.
In an unrelated incident, a man was arrested in connection with the theft of 26 bonsai plants worth more than RM8,000 from a nursery in Berapit, Bukit Mertajam, on Wednesday.
The man, in his 20s, and his accomplice had loaded the plants into a car after breaking into the nursery early in the morning.
The nursery owner discovered the theft when he opened for business that day.
District CID chief DSP Chor Ah Sing, who confirmed the incident, urged the public not to purchase bonsai if they were sold at cheap sale prices as they could be the stolen plants.
Anyone caught with such items can be arrested and charged with retaining stolen property, he said.
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