Mechanic gets 10 years’ jail, caning for rape and robbery

B Sugidran (centre) raped, molested and sexually abused an Indonesian woman manning the counter at a cyber cafe last May. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: A mechanic was sentenced to 10 years’ jail and two strokes of the rotan by the Sessions Court yesterday for committing rape, unnatural sex, molestation and gang robbery at a cyber cafe in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, with a closed-circuit recording of the incident going viral on social media last year.

Judge Norshila Kamaruddin sentenced B Sugidran, 26, after he changed his plea to guilty before trial yesterday.

The man was sentenced to 10 years’ jail and one stroke of the rotan each for rape and unnatural sex. For the molestation charge, he was sentenced to five years’ jail.

For the two counts of robbery, he was sentenced to 10 years’ jail each.

The accused will be jailed for 10 years after the court ordered the sentences to run concurrently from the date of his arrest on May 14, 2017.

The accused raped, molested and sexually abused an Indonesian woman, aged 33, who was manning the counter at the cyber cafe at 10am on May 11 last year.

Sugidran also robbed the victim and her colleague, a 34-year-old Bangladeshi man, of RM300 and RM400 each.

Deputy public prosecutor V V Suloshani had urged the court to mete out a jail sentence which would serve as a deterrent against the accused, and to impose separate jail sentences for the five charges to teach him a lesson.

However, the accused, who was not represented, appealed for a lighter sentence on the grounds that he was the only son and had to take care of his mother and three younger sisters.

“I am married and have two children, but I don’t know my wife’s whereabouts until now… I regret my actions,” he said.