KOTA SAMARAHAN: Four family members were sentenced at the Sessions Court here to a total of 105 years’ imprisonment and whipping after pleading guilty to 13 counts of committing incest on two sisters.
Judge Marutin Pagan sentenced the girls’ 57-year-old grandfather, father, 42, and a 26-year-old uncle, to 25 years’ imprisonment on each of the charges. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Another uncle, 28, was given the maximum 30-year prison sentence for four counts of incest including two on the younger sister, now aged 14.
All four accused were given the maximum 24 strokes of the rotan.
The grandfather had six charges under Section 376B of the Penal Code for incest, the father faced two charges and the uncle, one charge, of raping the older sister, now 19, in the last six years.
Deputy public prosecutor Nor Azhari Yusof prosecuted, while the four accused were not represented.
The four were arrested in Serian at 3.30pm on Aug 11 following a police report that they had allegedly raped the victims for six years.
The case came to light after the older sibling was recently found to be 25 weeks pregnant after a medical check-up at Serian Hospital at 2.30pm the same day.
The older victim revealed that she had been raped by the four suspects at their house during the said period. She also revealed that her younger sister had been sexually assaulted since the age of nine.
Meanwhile in Putrajaya, the Court of Appeal upheld the sentence against a man who recorded his act of raping his 14-year-old stepdaughter.
He was jailed 20 years and ordered to be whipped 15 times by the Johor Sessions Court.
“This is a very serious offence. It’s a heinous crime, and the way it was committed by him on his stepdaughter, where he video-taped the act of sexual intercourse, is demeaning. How could he do that?” said Justice Zulkefli, who chaired a three-member Court of Appeal panel with Justice Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi and High Court judge Justice Datuk Yeoh Wee Siam yesterday.
Justice Zulkefli said there was no reason for the appellate court to allow the man’s appeal for a lighter jail sentence.
According to the facts of the case, the man had, on Aug 19 last year, brought his stepdaughter to Kulai, Johor, to help him with repair works in a vacant house.
He had also threatened the girl that he would hurt her mother and her biological father if she did not have sexual intercourse with him.
In a state of fear, she agreed to his request.