KUALA LUMPUR: A 14-year-old tahfiz school student was ordered to be sent to the Sentosa Probation Hostel in Sentul for a year for outraging the modestly of a six-year-old boy two months ago.
Magistrate Haslinda A. Raof meted out the sentence in a closed-door proceeding after the accused pleaded guilty at the Ampang magistrate’s court here today.
The accused, clad in a blue shirt, was calm when he was ushered into the courtroom by policeman and his father.
The identity of the accused and victim have been kept private as both are underaged.
According to the charge sheet, the juvenile was charged for rubbing his private parts on the victim’s anus in a room at their madrasah school at 6.15pm on July 31 near Kampung Pandan.
He was charged under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 (SOACA) which carries maximum jail term of 20 years and liable to whipping.
However, the court has ordered the youth be sent to the probation hostel under Section 91(1)(e) of the Child Act 2001 as he is still underaged.
According to the fact of the case, the victim’s mother went to the school and saw her son and the accused coming out of a storeroom together.
Curious, the mother demanded an explanation from her son and was shocked when told what had happened. She then lodged a police report on the incident.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Raihanah Abd Razak prosecuted.