Friday, December 13

Court of Appeal affirms sentence on rapists

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KUCHING: Two convicted rapists, a former driver and a security guard, who had been sentenced to 17 years’ jail and ordered to be given six strokes of the rotan each, had their appeal against conviction dismissed by the Court of Appeal here yesterday.

Koken Ham, the driver, and security guard Amor Singit had their appeal unanimously dismissed by a panel of three judges consisting of Datuk Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim and Datuk Wong Dak Wah, who then affirmed the appellants’ custodial sentence and whipping.

On June 29 last year, Koken and Amor were found guilty by a Sessions Court here for raping a 17-year-old victim under a tree near Semariang cemetery between 2am and 4.45am on Oct 6, 2011.

They were convicted under Section 376 of the Penal Code which provides for a maximum penalty of 30 years’ jail and whipping upon conviction.

Amor was also found guilty of attempting to rape the same victim at an abandoned house at Bamfylde Road at the same time and on the same day.

He was convicted under Section 376(2)(b) of the same code read together with Section 511 which provides for a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment and whipping upon conviction.

Their appeal to the High Court was also rejected.