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Man charged with molest of stepdaughter

Man charged with molest of stepdaughter

KOTA KINABALU: A 43-year-old man was charged with sexual harassment against his 15-year-old stepdaughter.The man pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Elsie Primus, after the charge was read to him via Zoom.The man is accused of committing the offence against the girl by fondling her breasts at a house in Kepayan, here, early last month.

The offence under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 provides for a jail term of up to 20 years, and whipping, on conviction.

Due to the relationship between the man and the alleged victim, there will be additional punishment under Section 16(2)(c) of the same Act carries a jail term of up to five years, and whipping at least two strokes, on conviction.


The court set Dec 8 this year for pre-trial case management and ordered the man to be remanded further pending the date.Deputy Public Prosecutor Fauzi Acho appeared for the prosecution while the man was not represented.

In another case, a man was jailed seven years and ordered to be given three strokes of the cane for taking drugs repeatedly.

Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz handed the sentence to Haswandy Ramawi who admitted taking the drug on July 21, 2020 after his urine was tested positive at the Beaufort police station.

The charge stated that he has several conviction records for taking the drug.After completing his jail sentence, the court ordered Haswandy to be placed under police supervision for two years.


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