Grandad charged with molestation

JOHOR BARU: A senior citizen has claimed trial to two counts of molesting his eight-year-old granddaughter last month.

The 74-year-old pleaded not guilty in front of Sessions Court judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob after the two charges were read out to him in Mandarin here yesterday.

Based on the charge sheet, the jobless man was alleged to have committed the offence at a house along Jalan Bukit Impian in Taman Impian Emas near Skudai in Johor at around 6pm on March 6.

In the first charge, he was accused of molesting the victim by making the child touch any part of her body, an offence under Section 14(c) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.

In the second, the man was charged with having allegedly inserted his finger into the victim’s private parts, under Section 14(d) of the same Act.

Both offences carry up to 20 years’ jail and whipping upon conviction.

Judge Wan Mohd Norisham did not allow bail on account that the accused and the victim were living in the same house.

He also advised the accused to hire a lawyer before setting June 2 as the next mention of the case.

DPP Edelynn Wong prosecuted the case.

In an unrelated case, a production executive pleaded not guilty to bribing a Kluang Municipal Council (MPK) officer with RM3,000 on July 13 last year.

Wong Xin Wei, 30, was charged before Sessions Court judge Datuk Ahmad Kamal Arifin Ismail.

According to the charge sheet, he is alleged to have committed the offence at an MPK enforcement and security office by giving the amount to council officer Nik Ekbar Effendi Nik Sazali.

The accused is alleged to have given the amount as an inducement to cancel the compound given to him for erecting a building structure without MPK’s approval.

Wong was charged under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine five times the bribery amount or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Ahmad Kamal Arifin set bail at RM8,000 with one surety and ordered Wong to hand over his passport until his case was over.

The judge also ordered him to report to the Kluang MACC office every second day of each month before setting April 26 as the next mention of the case.

MACC prosecution officer Yunus Mohamed prosecuted while lawyer Im Pang Kiat represented the accused, who posted bail.

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