Grandfather appeals against 70 years jail for rape

By Emma Victoria

A 67-year-old man who raped his 12-year-old granddaughter has filed an appeal in the Kuching High Court after he was sentenced to 70 years in prison and 20 strokes of the cane for the heinous crime.

However, Judicial Commissioner Christopher Chin will hear the appeal on July 27 as the prosecution was yet to receive any standard procedure notes, Borneo Post reported.

The man, said to be suffering from Stage 4 lung cancer, was convicted by the Kota Samarahan Sessions Court on Oct 18, 2019 on three counts of rape, one count of committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature without consent, and one count of physical sexual assault on a child.

He was sentenced to a total of 70 years’ jail, to run concurrently from the date of his arrest on June 22, 2018, and 20 strokes of the cane.

DPP Hayda Faridzal Abu Hasan appeared for the prosecution yesterday while the grandfather was represented by counsel Abdul Rahman Mohd Hazmi.