Datuk Seri charged with molesting daughter

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A businessman with the ‘Datuk Seri’ title was charged at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s court today with outraging the modesty of his own daughter since last year.

The 48-year-old accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence before magistrate Wong Chai Sia.

He was slapped with two counts of using criminal force to outrage the modesty of his 21-year-old daughter.

For the first charge, the man was accused of using criminal intimidation on the victim with intent to outrage her modesty. He allegedly committed the offence at the living room of a house in Taman Kosmo Jaya between 1am and 2am on July 16, last year.

He allegedly repeated the offence at the same house, this time in front of a bedroom on the lower floor, at 12.45am on Jan 9 this year.

Both charges were framed under Section 354 of the Penal Code and the accused faces up to 10 years in jail or fine or whipping or any two of the punishments, if convicted.

The father of four is also facing a third charge under Section 509 of the Penal Code.

He was accused of using sexually explicit words to the victim with intent to insult her modesty.

The offence was allegedly committed inside a Mercedes Benz between 12.45am and 1am on July 17, last year.

He faces up to five years in jail or fine, or both, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutors Md Azhari Abu Hanit and Mohd Josiendra Abu Senin prosecuted while the accused was represented by counsel M Puravalen.

Counsel Datuk K Ganesh held a watching brief for the victim.

Mohd Josiendra asked the court to impose RM100,000 bail with one surety against the accused.

“The court must consider the status of the accused who is a successful businessman and owns several mini markets in the Klang Valley.

“If the court allows a lower amount of bail, the accused will take this case lightly.

“We also want the accused to surrender his passport and not to disturb our witnesses,” he said.

However, Puravalen pleaded for minimum bail, stating that the accused was under police bail for the past one month.

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“His other children visited him twice after the police report was lodged…he also has the custody of his youngest child,” he said.

This prompted Ganesh to interject by stating that the visits by the children were merely to collect several personal belongings.

“They went to the house to get their school items…right now they are staying in Kajang now and are very scared,” he said.

The court set RM25,000 bail with one surety and ordered the accused to surrender his passport until the disposal of the case.

The court also fixed April 27 for mention.