A night market trader was charged in the Ipoh Sessions Court today on three counts of raping his 13-year-old stepdaughter last year.
However, the 48-year-old man pleaded not guilty to all charges that were read out to him before Judge N Priscilla Hemamalini.
On the first and second counts, the man was charged with raping the victim, aged 13 during the incidents, on a Saturday in June and July last year, at 2.30 pm and 2 pm respectively, at a house in Kampung Banjar, Ayer Tawar, Manjung.
He was also charged with raping the victim on Dec 26, 2020, at about 3.30 pm at the same location.
The charges were framed under Section 376B (1) of the Penal Code which provides for an imprisonment of up to 30 years and with whipping.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Waffy Ismail prosecuted while the accused was represented by lawyer Shahrul Nizam Mohd Rabi.
Waffy requested the court not to grant the accused bail as he could potentially “disturb” the girl, who lives with her aunt after her mother passed away in April last year. Her aunt’s house and the accused’s house are nearby.
He said if bail is granted, additional conditions should be imposed, including requiring the accused to report to the nearest police station and forbidding him from approaching the girl.
Shahrul urged the court to allow the accused bail, adding that denying bail was akin to punishing the accused.
He said the court should also consider the fact that the accused’s income had been severely affected by the pandemic and the ongoing movement control order.
The court allowed the trader bail of RM10,000 for all three charges with one guarantor, and ordered him to report to the nearest police station every month and not to approach the alleged victim.