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The 32-year-old man (centre) was nabbed by police after he was caught red handed by his sister, while trying to rape his 3-year-old niece.

SIBU: A 32-year-old man has been detained on Tuesday night for allegedly trying to rape his three-year-old niece at the family home in Jalan Tiong Hua near here.

Sibu district police chief Assistant Commissioner Zailanni Amit said the incident occurred at 8pm when the victim's mother heard her daughter's cry coming from the man's room.

"When she realised her daughter was in there, she tried to barge into the room but it was locked from the inside.

"She banged on the door several times and demanded him to open the door. When he finally did minutes later, the victim immediately ran out of the room crying. The man then ran out of the house.

“The victim was crying and claimed to experience pain on her private parts.

"Her mother was shocked when she saw traces of blood and lodged a police report at the Sibu Central police station."

Acting on the report, Zailanni said police picked up the man at the house about 11pm.

“The suspect, a labourer, admitted to taking the victim into his room and attempted to rape her before she started to cry for help.” he said.

Translated from Berita Harian

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