‘Monster dad’ gets 8 years less on 2 of 623 rape, sodomy cases

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KUALA LUMPUR: A man who was jailed 48 years on two of 623 charges of raping, sexually assaulting and sodomising his daughter, has been given less time in prison upon appeal.

High Court judge Justice Azman Abdullah sentenced the 37-year-old man to 24 years in jail on the charge of rape and 16 years on another charge of sodomy.

He has to serve 40 years in jail as the sentences were ordered to run consecutively. He had earlier been sentenced to a total of 48 years on these two charges by the Sessions Court.

According to the two charges, he sodomised his 16-year-old daughter on March 1, 2017, and also raped her on July 21 the same year, at their home in Petaling Jaya.

The court, however, maintained the 24 strokes of the rotan that was imposed by the Sessions Court against the man.

Azman then set July 16 for mention of his appeal against the remaining 621 charges of sodomy and sexual assault.

“If you are not satisfied about the 40 years’ sentences, you can file an appeal immediately,” the judge told the man in the dock.

The court had earlier heard mitigation from the man’s lawyer Cyrus Tiu, that the Sessions Court had erred in sentencing him to 48 years in jail.

“He was jailed 48 years when he was 36 years old. He will likely be out after 80 years old. He may not come out before his release date,” Tiu said.

The man, a former insurance agent, pleaded guilty in September last year at Putrajaya’s Special Court for Sexual Crimes Against Children to 623 charges of sodomising, raping and sexually abusing his daughter from January to July the same year.

It was reported that he had been doing this since his divorce in 2015.

The daughter had been living with him and she 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.

The man later appealed against the court’s decision on the jail sentences and caning.

He claimed that all the charges were not read to him again when he pleaded guilty.

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