Father of Ampang Girl Who Attempted Suicide Charged with Rape, Sodomy, Molestation

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A man has been charged at the Ampang Sessions Court with 41 counts of raping, sodomising and molesting his daughter at their home since the beginning of the year.

The 42-year-old, who cut a lonely figure, arrived in court under police escort at about 9am, before he was ushered into the courtroom.

He was charged with 14 counts of raping his 15-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. The offence under Section 376A of the Penal Code carries a maximum 30 years’ imprisonment and whipping upon conviction.

The man, who has an office cleaning services company, was also charged with 18 counts of sodomy under Section 377C of the Penal Code. The offence carries a maximum 20 years’ imprisonment and whipping if convicted.

He was also slapped with nine counts of molesting the victim under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017. He faces a maximum five years in jail and a minimum of two strokes of the cane if convicted.

All of the offences were said to have been committed in the living room and the accused’s room in their home, as well as near a bush in Bukit Antarabangsa between January and October.

The accused – whose name is being withheld – pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out before Sessions Court judge Norhazani Hamzah on Tuesday (Nov 10).

Deputy Public Prosecutor S Sangitaa did not offer bail.

“The accused could abscond and harass the victim, who is his biological daughter. As a guardian, he should be protecting the victim and not violating his daughter as stated in the charge sheets,” she said.

The accused, who was unrepresented, asked the court to allow him bail, saying that he had to run his company and look after the welfare of his staff.

“I ask the court to allow me bail as I have to take care of my wife and children too,” he said, referring to his current marriage.

The court did not allow bail and fixed Dec 17 for the mention of the case.

It was reported that the incident came to light when the victim was detained by police at the Southern Integrated Terminal (TBS) for trying to travel to Kedah without the necessary permit under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

Ampang police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Farouk Eshak had said that initial investigations revealed that the victim decided to run away from home as she was traumatised by her father’s sexual attacks.

“In her statement, the victim said she wanted to go back to her mother in Kuala Nerang, Kedah, as she could not stand what her father had been doing to her. The victim had attempted suicide in June by drinking floor cleaning detergent.

“The victim is the only child and still schooling in Ampang. She lives with the suspect together with her stepmother and four step-siblings,” he said, adding that her parents were divorced in 2004 after she was born.

He said further investigations revealed that the suspect won custody of his daughter in September last year and brought her to stay with him at Bukit Antarabangsa.

“Initial investigation also revealed that he has a criminal record for raping his sister-in-law,” he added.