Maid called embassy in panic and tears, court hears

IPOH, 5 April -- Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Tronoh Paul Yong Choo Kiong bertemu penyokongnya ketika hadir bagi perbicaraan kes rogol pembantu rumah membabitkannya, yang bermula di Mahkamah Tinggi Ipoh hari ini. Perbicaraan di hadapan Hakim Datuk Abdul Wahab Mohamed bersambung esok. --fotoBERNAMA (2021) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

IPOH: An Indonesian maid called the embassy in Kuala Lumpur three times, crying to be rescued after claiming her employer had raped her, the High Court hears.

The trial yesterday saw three people, including an embassy staff member, testifying in court for the hearing of former Perak executive council member Paul Yong (pic), who allegedly raped his maid.

After over a year, Yong was charged in court for the alleged offence, the trial started yesterday, and is expected to continue until Friday.

Riki Sapari, 39, an embassy employee attached with the Labour division’s complaints section said while at his office on July 8,2019, at about 11am, he received a call from a person by the name of Awang who was crying, in fear and panic, asking for help to be rescued.

He said within a few minutes, he received two more calls from her on his mobile phone (he provided to her) asking for help.

“When I got the call, I told her to calm down, provide me with details and told her to run to the nearest police station.

“I also called the police in Ipoh and her (Awang’s) agent in Malaysia and relayed the complaint that I received, and told them to assist Awang, ” he said replying to a question by DPP Datuk Jamil Aripin.

Riki said he also reported the alleged incident to his higher-ups, for further action.

He said on the same day, at around 2pm, someone from the agency called him stating that Awang was not at her employer’s house when they went to look for her and that the agency had also lodged a police report.

“When Awang was speaking to me on the phone, I also asked her whether she was raped or molested by her employer, and she replied raped, ” he added.

When asked by defence counsel Salim Bashir on why he (Riki) had stated in his report that it was sexual harassment instead of rape, Riki said at that time he was not in the position to decide on what actually happened and had to leave it for the police to investigate first.

Salim further asked Riki why he could not just write down what he heard from Awang (claim on rape) instead of writing harassment.

“The file is for my notes only and was not a file that I gave to the police, ” he added.

On Aug 23,2019, Yong claimed trial at the Ipoh Sessions Court to raping his 23-year-old maid.

The offence was allegedly committed in a room on the top floor of his house in Meru Desa Park on July 7, between 8.15pm and 9.15pm.

Earlier in his opening statement, DPP Jamil said that the prosecution would prove that indeed the rape took place by calling the medical expert who examined the victim, and confirmed a fresh tear in the hymen.

He also said that statements on sexual harassment by the accused before the rape took place, such as hugging, groping and molest throughout the month of June, 2019 would also be presented.

The hearing before Judge Datuk Abdul Wahab Mohamed continues tomorrow.

Three witnesses took the stand on the first day of the hearing. The other two were a police corporal and a constable, both photographers attached to the Ipoh police district headquarters.

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