KUALA TERENGGANU: An unemployed man has been charged in the Sessions Court here with sexually assaulting two seven-year-old girls at the flood relief centre here.
Mohammed Rashid Rahmat, 61, pleaded not guilty to both charges before Judge Nooriah Osman here on Wednesday (Nov 29).
He was charged with committing the offence on two girls, both aged seven, in the corridor of the centre based in a primary school in the Kuala Nerus district between 6pm and 8pm on Nov 22.
The charges were framed under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offenses Against Children Act 2017, which provides a prison sentence of up to 20 years and whipping, if convicted.
The court then allowed the accused bail of RM5,000 for each charge with one surety.
Mohammed Rashid was also ordered to report at the Gong Badak police station on the first day of every month pending the disposal of the case and to not intimidate the victims and witnesses.
The court set Dec 31 for mention.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Intan Nor Hilwani Mat Rifin prosecuted, while the accused was represented by lawyer Nurul Najmi Adila Md. Nasir from the National Legal Aid Foundation. – Bernama