PUTRAJAYA: A man could consider himself lucky after the Court of Appeal allowed his appeal for the jail sentences imposed on him for incest and committing unnatural sex with his step-daughter to be served concurrently.
Following a decision by a three-man bench of the Court of Appeal, headed by Justice Mohtarudin Baki, the man, now aged 49, would only have to serve 16 years in jail and receive six strokes of the cane.
The man had been sentenced by the Seremban Sessions Court on March 3, 2017 to 16 years’ jail and four strokes of the cane for incest and nine years’ jail and two strokes of the cane for committing unnatural sex with his step-daughter, to be served consecutively.
This means he would have to be in jail for 25 years.
He pleaded guilty to both charges which were committed at a house in Nilai, Negri Sembilan, between October 2016 and February 2017. His step-daughter was then 19 years old.
When handing down the decision yesterday, Justice Mohtarudin, sitting with Justices Rhodzariah Bujang and Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah, said the bench unanimously agreed to allow part of the appeal.
“The sentences for the two offences should be served concurrently. With that, the order of the Sessions Court judge is amended,” he added.
The man had appealed to the Seremban High Court, which upheld the decision of the Sessions Court.