IPOH: A 49-year-old night market trader pleaded not guilty to three counts of raping his underage stepdaughter at his house in Ayer Tawar.
The accused – whose name is being withheld – claimed trial after the charges were read out before Sessions Court judge N. Priscilla Hemamalini yesterday.
He claimed trial to three counts of raping the victim who was 13 at the time. The offence under Section 376A of the Penal Code carries a maximum 30-year imprisonment and whipping upon conviction.
All of the offences are said to have been committed in the master bedroom of the house between June and December last year.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Waffy Ismail requested that bail be denied.
“The victim’s mother passed away in April last year, and she is now staying with her aunt, who lives about 50m away from the accused’s house.
“If bail is offered, this could cause trauma for the victim, who is already going through a lot, ” he said.
Lawyer Shahrul Nizam Mohd Rabi said his client was a slow learner and had a nine-year-old son to care for.
“With the difficult times due to Covid-19, he was unable to trade at the night market and his income was affected.
“I am requesting that bail be offered to my client, as he is yet to be found guilty.
“The court can impose additional terms for my client to report to the nearest police station monthly and also take an oath not to disturb the victim, ” he said.
Priscilla allowed bail at RM10,000 in one surety and imposed the additional terms.
She fixed March 11 for mention pending reports from the chemist and the medical team.
The family of the accused posted bail.