PUTRAJAYA – A 36-year-old man was sentenced to 48 years in jail and 24 strokes of the rotan for sodomising, raping and sexually abusing his teenage daughter over 600 times over a period of two years.
Judge Yong Zarida Sazali meted out the sentence today after the man, a unit trust agent, pleaded guilty to all charges at the Special Courts for Sexual Crimes against Children, here last week.
Clad in all white, the accused appeared calm when the judge meted out the sentence against him.
The identity of the accused has been kept private to protect the victim’s identity.
The father of three faced a total of 623 charges under the Penal Code, Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 (SOACA) and the Child Act 2016.
According to the fact of the case, the accused had sexually assaulted his eldest daughter several times a day ever since she was 13-years-old.
The acts began after he divorced his wife in 2015.
The accused continued to sodomise his daughter multiple times daily.
The 15-year-old victim, who had been living with him since the separation of her parents, only revealed her ordeal to her mother when she learnt that her father planned to take her two younger sisters to live with them.
The victim was also present during the trial to deliver her victim impact statement in closed-door proceedings.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nordalina Ali prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim was also present during the proceedings.
Rohani, who sat at the front row in the public gallery, appeared shocked and saddened when Dalina read out the facts of the case.
When approached after the proceedings, the minister said she hope that the decision would serve as the lesson for the accused.
“I hope this case can increase the public awareness about crimes against the children,” she said. – NST