SEREMBAN: A 64-year-old former soldier charged with sexually assaulting his stepdaughter was told by the judge not to go near or contact the victim as one of the conditions for bail.
“The family of the accused should also stay away from the girl who is in Form Five,” said Sessions Court judge Junaidah Mohd Isa.
The accused had earlier pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexually assaulting the girl who is 16 years and 10 months old.
He allegedly touched the girl’s private parts and breasts and kissed her body at their home in Bandar Springhill in Rantau near Port Dickson around 9pm on July 6.
The accused was charged under Section 14 (a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Norsyazwani Ishak asked the court not to release the accused on bail.
She said if the court allowed bail, it should impose strict conditions.
Lawyer Joseph Mathews asked the court to grant bail as the accused was prepared to comply with the court’s conditions.
“The accused is a retired government servant and suffers from heart-related diseases and is a diabetic.
“His son who is here will pay the bail amount,” he said.
Junaidah then set bail at RM8,000 in one surety, and told the accused to report at the Lukut police station on the 15th of every month.
She also fixed Aug 19 for re-mention.