Court upholds 18-year prison term for incest

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal upheld a jail sentence of 18 years and 12 strokes of the cane imposed on a labourer for committing incest with his sister-in-law who was aged 17 at the time of the crime.

The three-judge panel led by Justice Yaacob Md Sam dismissed the labourer’s appeal after it found no error was committed by the Kota Baru High Court in 2018.

The other judges sitting in yesterday’s panel were Justices Hanipah Farikullah and Abu Bakar Jais.

The Pasir Mas Sessions Court in Kelantan convicted and sentence the man on Nov 30,2017.

The man was found guilty of engaging in sexual intercourse with his sister-in-law from 8pm on Nov 10,2015 until 2am the next day, which amounted to a crime of incest under the law.

In his submissions, Wan Mohd Ikram Wan Ibrahim, the appellant’s counsel, raised three issues – including the assertion that the victim was not a credible witness.

DPP Zaki Asyraf Zubir argued that the victim’s testimony was supported by DNA evidence of the appellant found on tissue and a towel that were seized. — Bernama

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