MUAR: For raping and stabbing a woman last year, a 21-year-old was slapped with a total of 24 years in jail and 20 strokes of the rotan by the Sessions Court yesterday.
S. Annandan from Tangkak pleaded guilty to raping and stabbing the woman on Nov 2, 2005.
For the rape charge, Judge Norazlan Ahmad sentenced Annandan to 16 years jail and 12 strokes of the rotan.
For the second charge, he was sentenced to eight years jail and eight strokes of the rotan.
Anandan raped the woman, aged 20, in an oil palm plantation in Kampung Belading, in Bekoh near Tangkak, between 1am and 11am.
He then used a Rambo knife to stab her, causing serious injuries.
After he pleaded guilty to the two charges, Annandan, who was not represented, pleaded for lenient sentences, saying that he had to look after his parents.
However, prosecuting officer Chief Insp R. Balakrishnan asked the court for deterrent sentences as he had a criminal record, including for theft and housebreaking.
Judge Norazlan ordered the jail terms to run consecutively, the first to begin from the date of arrest.
Meanwhile, in Penang, an 18-year-old girl was raped at knifepoint and assaulted by a youth whom she befriended just three days ago.
The girl, a factory worker, was chatting with a friend at the ground floor of an apartment block at about 10pm on Monday when the youth rode up on his motorcycle and offered her a ride home.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Hamzah Md Jamil said that, instead of taking her home, the 21-year-old tow truck operator, took her to a house nearby.
He invited her in but she refused. He then whipped out a knife, forced her in and raped her in the bedroom. She put up a struggle and was repeatedly punched.
Then he took the girl home. She told her parents what had occurred and they took her to the Sungai Nibong police station to make a report later at 3am, he said.
It is learnt that the girl met the youth at a supermarket in Bukit Jambul on June 2 through a mutual friend.
ACP Hamzah said the youth had been identified and would be arrested soon, adding that the case had been classified as rape.
Meanwhile, 23 transvestites, mostly Indonesians and Thai, have been rounded up in inner George Town since police launched Ops Waria on June 1.
The operation was launched following public complaints about their presence especially in Leith Street, Muntri Street and Love Lane in the early hours of the morning.
ACP Hamzah said the operation would continue until the streets were clear of cross-dressers offering sex for money to passers-by.
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