Man claims trial to sexual assault of four-year-old daughter

BUTTERWORTH: A 38-year-old man pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here on Friday (June 14) to two counts of physical sexual assault against his biological daughter last month.

On the first charge, it is alleged that the general assistant sexually assaulted the four-year-old girl in a house in Nibong Tebal between 5.30pm and 6.30pm sometime in May.

He was charged under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and whipping, upon conviction.

He could also be sentenced to additional imprisonment of not more than five years and at least two strokes of the cane under Section 16(1) of the same Act.

On the second count, he was charged with allegedly committing unnatural intercourse with the child at the same place, time and month under Section 377C of the Penal Code, which provides for imprisonment of between five and 20 years, as well as caning, upon conviction.

Judge Noor Aini Yusof denied bail and set July 15 for case mention, to allow the accused to engage a lawyer.

Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Nadia Jamal appeared for the prosecution, while the accused was unrepresented. – Bernama

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