Four protectors of two young girls in a family turned sexual predators, preying on the victims for 6 years when they were aged 13 and nine respectively.
- 26-year-old uncle was the first culprit, followed by the 26-year-old uncle, father and grandfather
- 28-year-old defiled both sisters and was given the maximum sentence of 30 years
- Grandfather committed the offences the most times (six) in the longest span of time (4 1/2 years) and was given the longest total sentence of 150 years
- It is believed the 19-year-old victim is carrying the child, who would also be the great-grandchild, of her grandfather
- Except for one offence, which took place in a nearby bush, all the offences occurred under the roof of the house the victims and accused were living in
Elder girl’s ordeal:
- Jun 1, 2011 – Uncle, 26 (aged 20 at time of offence), one count of incest
- Jun-Dec 2011 – Uncle, 28 (22), two counts
- Jan-Dec 2013 – Father, 42 (38), two counts
- Jan 2013-Jul 2017 – Grandfather, 57 (51), six counts
Younger girl’s ordeal:
- Jan-Dec 2012 – Uncle, 28 (aged 23 at time of offence), two counts of incest
- 26-year-old uncle – total sentence 25 years (concurrent sentence 25 years), 24 strokes of rotan
- Father – total 50 years (concurrent 25 years), 24 strokes of rotan
- 28-year-old uncle – total 110 years (concurrent 30 years), 24 strokes of rotan
- Grandfather – total 150 years (concurrent 25 years), 24 strokes of rotan
All farmers, a 57-year-old and his three sons were sentenced to a whopping 335 years’ imprisonment in total by a Sessions Court in Sarawak today for committing incest against the 57-year-old man’s two granddaughters.
The court also ordered each of the four accused, including the victims’ 42-year-old father and two uncles, to be whipped the maximum 24 strokes of the rotan.
The girls’ grandfather pleaded guilty to six counts of having an incestuous relationship with the older of the two victims at a house in Tebedu near Serian between January 2013 and last month.
The father of the two sisters pleaded guilty to two counts of committing incest against the same victim at the same location between January and December 2013.
The third defendant, who is the victims’ 26-year-old uncle, was only slapped with one charge of the same offence with the same victim at the same location at about 1am on Jun 1, 2011.
The victims’ other uncle, 28, was charged with two counts of having sexual intercourse with the same victim at the same location between June and December 2011.
He was also charged with two counts of committing incest with the victim’s younger sister between January and December the following year. One offence took place at the house in Tebedu and the other occurred inside a bush near the house.
He pleaded guilty to all of the charges.
All of the charges made against the four were under Section 376B(1) of the Penal Code for incest, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in jail and whipping.
All of the accused, who were unrepresented, pleaded for leniency on grounds that they were remorseful for their actions.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nor Azhari Yusof, however, urged the Court to impose a deterrent sentence against all of the accused.
Azhari argued that the accused have betrayed their responsibility as the victims’ guardians.
“They were supposed to be the protectors of the two sisters but they did otherwise by committing such disgusting acts.
“One of the victims is 25 weeks’ pregnant and this event will haunt her for the rest of her life.
“Hence, I pray that the Court would mete out the maximum sentence against all the accused,” said Azhari.
Judge Marutin Pagan sentenced the victims’ grandfather, father and the third defendant to 25 years’ jail for each of the offences.
He sentenced the fourth defendant to 25 years’ imprisonment for the first two charges. He also handed out a 30-year jail term for the other two charges.
The judged ordered that the jail sentences for all of the accused to run concurrently from the date of their arrest.
The elder of the two sisters, who is now 19, is 25 weeks pregnant, while her younger sister is 14.