Kuantan Man Charged with Raping Two Girls, Aged 4 and 8

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A lorry attendant claimed trial at the Sessions Court to two counts of raping two underage girls.

  • Victims were suspect’s neighbours
  • Accused said to be mentally challenged
  • Facing at least 20 years in jail and caning

Mohd Azhar Sharidan, 25, was accused of raping the girls on two separate occasions at their housing settlement of Taman Mahkota Aman, Batu 11, Kuantan, this year.

He allegedly raped the younger girl at a water tank between 5pm and 7pm in May and the older girl at an oil palm plantation between 5pm and 7pm in August.

The girls’ fathers lodged police reports on Nov 6, leading to his arrest two days later.

The accused was charged under Section 376(2) of the Penal Code and faces a jail sentence between 10 and 30 years and caning for each charge.

Deputy public prosecutor Shahrul Ekhsan Hassim urged the court to deny bail on grounds that the accused may harass the two victims and their families.

“These are serious offences involving an accused who is a neighbour of the two victims and they live in the same vicinity. The accused could harass the victim’s family members,” he said.

He also argued that Azhar should not be granted bail as he posed a danger to other children in the community.

Lawyer Mohd Hamizey Mat Taib, who acted on behalf of the defendant, in pleading for bail said that his client was mentally challenged and that granting him bail would make the preparation of his defence easier.

He also said the allegations of rape have not been proven in court.

Judge Datuk Unaizah Mohd did not grant bail and set mention for Jan 5 next year.