Cleaner gets 702 years' jail, 234 lashes for raping daughters

File photo of the accused being taken to court on July 16, when he pleaded guilty to the charges. – BERNAMApic

MUAR: A father who raped his daughters and left one pregnant has been sentenced to 702 years in prison and 234 strokes of the rotan by the Sessions Court here.

Last month, he pleaded guilty to 19 charges of rape and 11 charges of sexual assault against his two daughters.

However, the 53-year-old will only serve a 42-year prison sentence after Sessions judge Abu Bakar Manat ordered the sentences for all rape and sexual offences to run concurrently from the date of his arrest on July 10.

The accused will also receive the maximum legal limit of 24 strokes.

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According to the first to 19th charge, the cleaner was accused of raping his two daughters who were then nine and 10 years old at two houses in Bakri and Jalan Jeram Tepi here since 2018 up to July 9 this year.

The charges were levelled at him under Section 376 (3) of the Penal Code, which provides for a prison sentence of up to 30 years and 10 lashes per offence if convicted.

As for the 21st to 30th charge, he was accused of sexually assaulting both victims at the same location and timeframe in accordance with Section 14 (a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 read together with Section 16(1) of the same Act, which provides imprisonment of up to 20 years and whipping.

Earlier during sentencing on Monday (Aug 14), DPP Danial Munir asked the court to impose a heavy sentence as the offence was serious and left lifelong trauma on both of his children.

The accused, who was not represented, appealed for a lighter sentence on the grounds that he had repented and regretted his actions.

The court sentenced him to 30 years in prison and 10 strokes for each count of rape.

For the charge of physical sexual assault, the court sentenced him to 10 years in prison and two strokes for each charge under Section 14 and an additional two years in prison and two strokes for each charge under Section 16. – Bernama

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