School bus driver charged with molesting underage girl

IPOH: A 53-year-old school bus driver claimed trial in a Sessions Court here to a charge of molesting an underage girl in 2019.

The accused pleaded not guilty before Judge N. Priscilla Hemamalini on Friday (July 30).

According to the charge sheet, the man is accused of touching the private parts of a 10-year-old girl on Aug 6, 2019 between 1pm and 1.25pm while bringing her from her school to her house.

If found guilty of the offence under Section 14(A) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, the accused faces a maximum 20-year jail sentence and caning upon conviction.

In submissions for bail, Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Waffy Ismail requested for bail to be set at RM10,000.

In response, his lawyer Datin K. Shamini said her client earns RM1,400 per month and added that his wife recently met with a severe accident.

“He has two children, and I am requesting a lower bail,” she said.

Judge Priscilla set bail at RM4,000 with one surety and set Sept 24 as the mention date.

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