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Jail term upheld for father who raped daughter, but whipping set aside
KUALA LUMPUR: A father of six, who was sentenced to 17 years’ jail for raping his teenage daughter more that two years ago, lost his appeal at the High Court for a reduced jail sentence.
Judge Kamardin Hashim, however, ruled that the 55-year-old man would be spared from receiving the five strokes of the rotan ordered by the Sessions Court.
He was convicted of raping his then 14-year-old daughter at his flat in Taman Sri Sentosa about 6.30pm on May 25, 2010.
A total of nine prosecution and three defence witnesses, including the accused, testified.
During the trial, it was revealed that the accused had raped his daughter in a room while his two other daughters were outside the room.
In March last year, the Sessions Court found him guilty of the offence and sentenced him to 17 years’ jail and five strokes of the rotan.
Today, in appealing against his sentence, the father said he was truly repentant and that he suffered from asthma.
Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib asked the court to impose a longer jail sentence of 20 years.
He said the accused had 18 previous convictions dating back to 1976, two of which were for molesting.