KUALA LUMPUR: A man who was sentenced to 48 years in jail and 24 strokes of the rotan for more than 600 charges of sodomising and raping his teenage daughter now has a lawyer to represent him in his appeal to reduce his sentence.
During the case mention at the High Court today, lawyer Cyrus Tiu from the National Legal Aid Foundation (YBGK) appeared for the man before Justice Azman Abdullah.
The court fixed April 25 to hear the man’s appeal to reduce his sentence.
He pleaded guilty to 632 charges last September at the Putrajaya Special Court for Sexual Crimes Against Children of sodomising, raping and sexually abusing his daughter from January to July the same year.
The man later appealed against the court’s decision on the jail sentences and caning.
Speaking to reporters today, Tiu said he took the divorcee’s case as it was left untouched at YBGK’s office for a long time.
“It is proper that an accused has the right to be represented before the court. I will try to help him in minimising the punishment,” he said, adding that he took the man’s case on March 7.
It was reported that the man had sodomised, raped and sexually assaulted his daughter since his divorce in 2015.
The daughter had gone to live with him and only revealed her ordeal to her mother after learning that her father was planning to take her two younger sisters to live with them as well.