A bus ticket salesman was charged at the Melaka Sessions Court on Tuesday with sexually assaulting an eight-year-old boy in the toilet of a bus terminal last August.
Muhammad Amin Abd Kadir, 19, claimed trial to the charge of allegedly committing physical sexual assault on a boy in a men’s restroom at Zon B of Melaka Sentral at about 4pm.
The charge was under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, which provides for 20 years’ jail and whipping, if convicted.
The deputy public prosecutor did not offer bail for the accused but left it to the court’s discretion.
Defence counsel Sheikh Ikhzan Sheikh Salleh sought for a low bail amount, saying that his client is suffering from mental issues.
Judge Norma Ismail set bail at RM15,000 and fixed mention for Nov 6.
She also ordered the accused to be sent to the Permai Hospital in Johor for a month to undergo mental observation, and also warned him to stay away from the victim.