Paul Yong's rape case: Maid was not coached what to say when calling embassy, court hears

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  • Tuesday, 06 Apr 2021

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IPOH: The maid allegedly raped by former Perak executive council member Paul Yong was terrified and not coached on what to say when she called the Indonesian Embassy, the High Court heard.

The trial on Tuesday (April 6) continued with an embassy staff member testifying in court before Judge Datuk Abdul Wahab Mohamed in the rape case involving the Tronoh assemblyman.

Riki Sapari, 39, an employee at the labour division's complaints section disagreed with a question from Yong's counsel Salim Bashir that there was someone else with the maid when she made the call to the embassy on July 8,2019.

"From the way she was speaking to me, she was crying, in a panic and in fear. I can say that there was no one else around and coaching her what to say.

"There were also no signs or sounds of other noises when she was speaking to me over the phone," he replied to a question from DPP Datuk Jamil Aripin.

On why Riki wrote in his report that the maid had been sexually harassed (pelecehan) instead of raped when she clearly told him in the conversation that she had been raped, Riki said he used the word as it covered all sexual activities, including rape.

He also said when he received the complaint, he was not in the position to ascertain whether penetration or another form of sexual assault had occurred.

On another question by counsel Datuk Rajpal Singh why Riki asked the maid to call him back on his mobile phone rather than the embassy landline, Riki said the maid did not know the number she was calling from.

"I provided my mobile number so that when she called me, I would be able to see the land line number she was using," he added.

Riki disagreed with another question from the defence team on whether he had told the maid agency that he (Riki) had received a call from the maid stating that she was receiving unfair treatment from her employer.

"What I told the agency was that I received a complaint from the maid stating that she had been raped by her employer, and told them to go to the employer's house as soon as possible," he said.

Bashir then provided a police report made by the agency to the court, where the report made by a representative from the agency claimed that they got a call from the embassy stating that the maid had been receiving unfair treatment.

Riki reiterated that the police report made by the agency was not what he told them.

On Aug 23,2019, Yong claimed trial at the Ipoh Sessions Court for 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.

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