PUTRAJAYA: A man pleaded guilty to 38 charges of committing sexual harassment, attempted rape and unnatural sex against his underage daughter. This sentenced him to 45 years in jail and 24 strokes of the cane.
The 35-year-old man was ordered to serve his jail sentence from the date of his arrest on July 12 by Judge Yong Zarida Sazali of the Special Court for Sexual Crimes Against Children.
The burger seller was also ordered to undergo rehabilitation counselling for 10 years and be placed under police surveillance for three years after his release from prison.
26 counts of physical sexual harassment against his daughter were charged upon him under Section 14 of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, which was read together with Section 16 of the same Act.
He was also charged with four counts of attempting to rape the girl. It was recorded that he committed all the offences at three locations in Kuala Selangor between July 7, 2017, and July 7, 2019.
The man said that he had repented and requested for a lighter punishment however, Deputy public prosecutor Norazalina Razali pressed for heavier sentence as well as whipping.
As a person in a relationship of trust, the man should not have taken advantage and committed sexual harassment or attempt to rape his own daughter, Norazalina said. She added that the victim had been molested by the accused since she was 12, and the accused committed all the other offences when the other family members were asleep or not home.