SEREMBAN: A 62-year-old Felda settler pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here to two counts of molesting his granddaughters.
The suspect claimed trial after the charges were read to him before judge Diana Md Razali.
He was accused of committing the offences against his 10-year-old and eight-year-old granddaughters at a house in a Felda settlement between August and September 2020.
He was accused of allegedly touching the girls' private parts.
The suspect was charged under section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.
Offenders can be jailed for up to 20 years and are also liable to whipping.
Deputy public prosecutor Hafizah Harun then asked the court not to offer bail, as the accused was the victims' grandfather.
However, the lead counsel for the accused Haresh Mahadevan opposed this, as his client had not been in contact with the victim's family since last December.
The accused, he said, had also been cooperative with the police probing the case.
Judge Diana then allowed bail at RM8,000 with one surety and ordered the accused to stay away from the victims.
The case was fixed for next mention on Sept 2, 2021.
Haresh was assisted by Ramzani Idris and Intan Athirrah Md Pazir.