Thursday, October 22

Youth gets five years, two strokes for statutory rape

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SIBU: A 19-year-old youth was yesterday ordered by the Sessions Court to be put behind bars for five years and be given two strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to two counts of raping a schoolgirl.Judge Dean Wayne Daly sentenced Jin (not his real name) to five years’ jail and a stroke of the cane for each of the charges.

The jail terms are to run concurrently.

Jin, who is from Limbang, raped the underage girl twice in a house at Jalan Uk Daik.

He first raped the girl between 2 and 3 o’clock in the morning of Aug 2 last year, and then the following day between midnight and 6am.

The charge against him was filed under Section 376(1) of the Penal Code which provides for a jail term of up to 30 years. The convicted is also liable to whipping.

The court was earlier told that the girl’s mother had complained of her daughter eloping with Jin after she failed to return home from school on July 31, 2009.

Jin and the girl were friends.

The police arrested Jin at the wet market  in Tiong Hua Road on Aug 3, 2009.

When questioned by the police, he admitted to having sex with the girl twice.