Seven Tawau teens accused of rape allowed bail to sit for SPM


KOTA KINABALU: The police will not extend the remand of seven students who were detained in connection with a rape case in Tawau, which will allow them to sit for the Sjil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations.

The seven boys, all aged 17, were arrested up on Friday (Nov 15) after a report was received about the rape of a Form Two student.

"The victim has been sent to the district hospital to undergo a medical check-up.

"Since the case have been solved and all suspects apprehended, the police will not extend their three-day remand.

"They will be allowed police bail to enable them to sit for the SPM examinations which ends on Nov 28," said Tawau district police chief Assistant Commissioner Peter Umbuas on Sunday (Nov 17).

He said the police are collecting evidence before proceeding with charges in court.

The victim, a 14-year-old girl from the same school, was found crying at around 11am on Friday (Nov 15) by a teacher.

She claimed two boys had raped her while another four forced her to perform oral sex on them.

Another suspect was watching while the incident happened at a switch room in the school.

The teacher alerted the victim's mother, who then filed a police report at 3.30pm on the same day.

The case is being investigated under Section 375B and 377A of the Penal Code for gang rape and carnal intercourse against the order of nature.

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