Former teacher charged with molesting pupil


KOTA KINABALU: The Sessions Court here yesterday fixed March 27-28, this year for the trial of a former teacher charged with two counts of molesting an underage girl and forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

Judge Dean Wayne Daly fixed the date for Robin Mahadul @ Magasad, 47, when the case was mentioned yesterday.

Robin was first charged with molesting the nine-year-old victim in a classroom of a school in Kudat in March, 2006.

The charge under Section 354 of the Penal Code is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years or with a fine or whipping or with any two of such punishments, on conviction.

On the second charge, he was alleged to have inserted his genitals into the mouth of the victim at the female rest-room of the same school, sometime in May, 2006.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Nartiah F Mirchelle Sambatan informed the court that the prosecution is ready to proceed with the trial, with 15 witnesses.

The court had ordered for the trial to be conducted in Kudat.

The accused is currently serving three years’ jail for a conviction under Section 377E of the Penal Code for inciting a child to an act of gross indecency.

Meanwhile, in another case, Dean fixed April 9, this year for the trial of a 21-year-old male charged with statutory rape.

Rusli Lajim is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in September, 2012, at a house in Kampung Tanjung Aru, Membakut, Beaufort.

The offence stipulated under Section 376 (B) of the Penal Code is punishable with imprisonment for a term of not less than six years and not more than 20 years, and shall also be liable to whipping on conviction.

The court fixed his trial to be conducted in Beaufort and ordered for his bail to be extended.