14 years for man who sodomised neighbour’s child

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KAJANG: A man was sentenced to 14 years jail and three strokes of the cane after he was found guilty of sodomising a nine-year-old boy.

Judge Surita Budin handed down the sentence on Saiful Affendey Zairulliza, 31, after finding that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case.

“The court finds that the prosecution has succeeded in establishing the case beyond reasonable doubt, the accused is thus convicted of the charge and sentenced to 14 years’ jail and three strokes of the cane,” she said.

She ordered Saiful, who is not married, to serve the jail sentence from the date of his arrest on Nov 24, 2016.

The decision was made after the court heard the testimony of 16 witnesses in a trial which began on March 23 last year.

Saiful was charged with committing the offence on the boy, then nine years old, at an apartment in Bandar Baru Bangi between 4pm and 5pm on Nov 17, 2016.

The charge, under Section 377C of the Penal Code, provides for imprisonment of up to 30 years, and whipping, upon conviction.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Siti Noor Hafizan Zakaria, while lawyer Saiful Izham Ramli represented Saiful.