High Court finds Tronoh assemblyman Paul Yong guilty of raping maid

IPOH: The High Court here has found former state executive council member Paul Yong guilty of raping his Indonesian domestic helper three years ago.

The ruling was made by Justice Datuk Abdul Wahab Mohamed, who read a 45-minute long judgment on Wednesday (July 27).

Yong has been sentenced to 13 years in jail and two lashes of the cane.

On Dec 7 last year, the Tronoh assemblyman was ordered to enter his defence.

Justice Abdul Wahab had ruled that there was a prima facie case against Yong after taking into consideration all the evidence submitted throughout the trial.

Yong, had in August 2019 claimed trial at the Ipoh Sessions Court to a charge of raping his then 23-year-old domestic helper.

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

In 2020, the Federal Court had allowed Yong’s appeal to transfer the case from the Sessions Court to the High Court and Yong was ordered to enter his defence on Dec 7 last year.

Yong, a former state executive council member during Pakatan Harapan's time as the state government, had quit DAP after Perikatan Nasional formed the Perak government in March 2020.

He then joined Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia in December 2020, before quitting and joining PBM early this year.

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