Fisherman pleads guilty to molesting stepdaughter

Day of shame: The man being led out court after he was slapped with 22 counts of raping, molesting and having unnatural sex with his stepdaughter.

IPOH: A 36-year-old fisherman pleaded guilty at a Sessions Court here to six charges of molesting his underage stepdaughter since April 2016 but denied raping her.

Yesterday, the man was denied bail after being charged with 22 counts of rape, molest and having unnatural sex with the then 12-year-old girl at a house in Kampung Tersusun Baru, Lekir, between April 2016 and Sept 29 this year.

He pleaded guilty before judge Norashima Khalid to six charges of fondling her breast, touching her private parts and taking a video of her naked with his handphone.

The man, however, claimed trial to another 16 charges involving rape, molest and sexual assault.

Among others, he was charged under Section 376B of the Penal Code with rape, which carries a jail sentence of between 10 and 30 years, and whipping.

He also faces up to 25 years in jail and whipping for a charge under Section 14 (a) of the Sexual Offences Act Against Children 2017, and up to 10 years in jail, or a fine or whipping, or any two of the penalties under Section 354 of the Penal Code for assault or the use of criminal force on a person with intent to outrage modesty.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Naidatul Athirah Azman asked for the court to deny bail as the stepdaughter was still staying in the same house as the accused, who was unrepresented.

Judge Norashima denied bail and set Oct 15 for sentencing.

In the same court, a 38-year-old mosque caretaker, who is intellectually disabled, pleaded not guilty to three counts of molesting an eight-year-old girl.

Mohd Norhisham Ramli was alleged to have committed the offences at between 11.30am and noon on Oct 2 this year at the Alang Iskandar mosque in Manjung.

He is alleged to have hugged, kissed, fondled the girl’s private parts and bit her lips.

The charge under Section 14 (a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act carries a jail sentence of up to 20 years and whipping.

DPP Naidatul Athirah requested bail be set at RM20,000 for all the charges as well as for the accused to undergo psychiatric evaluation at Hospital Bahagia in Ulu Kinta.She said Mohd Norhisham, who has a disabled card, had been seeking psychiatric treatment at the Seri Manjung Hospital.

Mohd Norhisham was not represented.

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