KUALA LUMPUR: A restaurant worker will serve more time in prison after the High Court here today raised the jail term imposed on him from 20 years to 25 years for raping his six-year-old stepdaughter, two years ago.
Judicial Commissioner Mohamad Shariff Abu Samah also increased the number of lashes imposed by the Sessions Court on Kairuddin Md Rosly, 33, from 15 to 20.
The court made the decision after dismissing the appeal by the accused to reduce the sentence imposed by the Sessions Court on Oct 30, 2015, and ordered Kairuddin to undergo the sentence from the date he was arrested on Nov 14, 2014.
Kairuddin was accused of committing the offence on Nov 7, 2014 between 5pm and 9pm, under Section 376(2)(e) of the Penal Code that provides for a maximum sentence of 30 years and caning.
In his judgment, Shariff said the court concurred with the decision of the Sessions Court that witnesses for the victim spoke the truth that was also supported by statements from other prosecution witnesses.
The accused was represented by counsel PG Cyril, while Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurakmal Farhan Aziz appeared for the prosecution.