By John Isaac
A 19-year-old university student claimed trial at the Kuching Sessions Court yesterday to committing physical sexual assault on an underage girl.
Muhamad Firdaus Abdul Razak pleaded not guilty before Judge Jason Juga when the charge under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children’s Act 2017 was read out to him.
He faces up to 20 years in prison and caning if convicted.
The accused is alleged to have sexually assaulted the 15-year-old victim at a house in Jalan Sultan Tengah in Kuching around 3.15pm on June 18 this year, but did not engage in sexual intercourse with her.
According to the Borneo Post, the judge set Oct 12 for case management and allowed the accused to be released on bail of RM10,000 with two local sureties.
Meanwhile, an unemployed 18-year-old pleaded guilty in the same court yesterday to raping his 15-year-old girlfriend.
The court however set Oct 12 to hear the social report of the accused in view that he is a young offender, and allowed him to be released on bail of RM10,000 with two local sureties.
Christopher Rose was charged under Section 376(1) of the Penal Code which provides for up to 20 years in jail and caning.
He committed the offence at a house in Jalan Sungai Maong Hilir in June last year.
According to the facts of case, the victim’s father brought her to a government clinic for a medical checkup on March 2 this year, where it was found that she was seven months’ pregnant.
A police report was then lodged by the doctor-in-charge on the same day which led to the suspect’s arrest on March 3.
The girl has since given birth, and a paternity test showed that the accused is the baby’s father.
DPP Nurfadzlin Mahmad Zulhasnan prosecuted both cases.