Ex-cop loses appeal against sex assault conviction

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  • Saturday, 08 Aug 2015

GEORGE TOWN: A former police corporal who was jailed 100 months for sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl has failed in overturning his conviction.

The High Court here yesterday dismissed the appeal by Mohd Aziri Sahid, 57, and affirmed the jail sentence imposed by the Sessions Court two years ago.

Judicial Commissioner Collin Lawrence Sequerah said the court did not see any reason to review the jail sentence imposed by the lower court that found Aziri guilty in 2013 of inserting his fingers into the girl’s private parts at a police barracks here between May 28 and June 12, 2011.

He said the victim had testified in court with some degree of accuracy and the court found corroboration in the testimonies of a doctor and a teacher.

Sequerah rejected a cross-appeal by the prosecution to increase the jail sentence. The offence carries a maximum 20-year jail term and possible whipping.

S. Yagoo and S. Puran represented Aziri while DPP Dharliza Dris prosecuted.

The girl’s mother had testified that Aziri had gone to her house, apologised and threatened to shoot himself in the head if she were to lodge a police report over the incident.

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