Do you recall the father who was arrested for sodomizing, raping, and sexually abusing his daughter over 600 times over the course of two years last August?
In August 2017, the 37-year-old father of three pleaded guilty at the Special Court for Sexual Crimes Against Children in Putrajaya to 632 charges of sodomizing, raping, and sexually abusing his daughter.
The charges against him were made under the Penal Code, Sexual Offenses Against Children Act 2017 (SOACA) and the Child Act 2016.
Judge Yong Zarida Sazali reportedly sentenced the man to 48 years in jail and 24 strokes of the cane in September 2017.
The daughter, who is now 16, had gone to live with her father after her parents’ divorce in 2015, that was also when he started committing the acts on her. She only revealed her ordeal to her mother after learning that her father had plans on taking in her 2 younger sisters.
Source: The Star
However, the father is not seeking to review his sentence, claiming that the 48-year jail sentence is ‘defective’. The man’s lawyer, Rajesh Nagarajan was quoted by FMT as saying,
“We were not informed that all charges were not read to him again when he pleaded guilty during the second case mention.
“He did not see anyone throughout the time he was in custody and the court did not ask if he wanted a lawyer to fight his case.”
The lawyer added that the jail sentence based on the 632 charges did not comply with the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).
In response, Judge Azman Abdullah told Rajesh and deputy public prosecutor Aimi Syazwani Sarmin to get the lower court’s recording of when the accused pleaded guilty to all 632 charges and fixed a hearing for May 16, 2018.
(Source: WOB / The Star / Free Malaysia Today)