KOTA KINABALU: A man was jailed a total of 30 years and ordered to be given four strokes of the cane for two counts of raping his niece.
Judge Azreena Aziz imposed the sentence on the 32-year-old uncle after he admitted to both the charges under Section 376 (2) (e) of the Penal Code.
The indictment carries a jail term of up to 30 years and whipping, upon conviction.
On the first charge, the accused was jailed for 15 years plus two lashes for raping the victim behind a door at a house in Sipitang on July 23.
The accused received another 15 years behind bars and two strokes of the rattan for his second count of raping the same girl in a toilet at the same house on the same day.
The judge ordered the accused to serve his jail terms consecutively and to be placed under police supervision for two years after completing his sentence.
Apart from that, the court also ordered the accused to pay RM10,000 compensation, in default, six months’ jail, to the victim’s family.
The prosecution told the court that the complainant came to know the victim was raped twice by her uncle after she confided it to the complainant, who then lodged a police report against the accused.
The accused was then arrested for investigation and an examination by a doctor was conducted on the victim where the results showed that there was a fresh tear on her hymen.
In a separate case, a man claimed trial in the same court to raping a teenage girl.
Helmi Arni, 28, was alleged to have raped the woman aged 16 at an unnumbered house in a village in Menggatal between 12.30pm to 4pm on June 26.
The court fixed September 24 for pre-trial case management and the accused, who was represented by counsel Henry Gudid, was released on bail of RM10,000 with RM5,000 deposited with two local sureties.