Court cuts jail term of father who sexually abused daughter over 600 times

KUALA LUMPUR: A judge today urged a man convicted of sexually abusing and sodomising his daughter over 600 times to repent after reducing the latter’s jail term.

“Deep in your heart, you alone know what happened and only you can tell the pain your child suffered. So, repent,” judge Azman Abdullah told the 37-year old who pleaded guilty to sodomising, raping and sexually abusing his daughter.

The judge said the man’s actions were unacceptable, noting that even animals do not commit such heinous acts.

Azman had earlier allowed the man to appeal against his 48-year prison sentence for 623 sexual offences, meted out by the Special Court for Sexual Crimes Against Children in Putrajaya on Sept 8, 2017.

Azman reduced the jail sentence to 40 years while retaining the 24 strokes of rotan, imposed by the Sexual Crimes Court.

Of the 623 offences, the appellant was convicted of 591 sodomy charges, 30 counts of physical sexual abuse by touching his eldest daughter, one charge of rape and one charge of sexual assault.

In September last year, the appellant was sentenced to 48 years’ jail and 24 strokes after he pleaded guilty to 623 sexual offences against his 15-year-old daughter.

The court also ordered the appellant to undergo rehabilitation counselling for 10 years and be placed under police supervision for three years after serving the jail term.

He was further ordered to pay RM10,000 compensation to the victim or face another 12 months in prison.

The court also ordered that he be placed under a RM10,000 deposited bond of good behaviour with one surety, for five years, and to do 240 hours of community work for six months.

Deputy public prosecutor Aimi Syazwani Sarmin conducted the prosecution while lawyers Cyrus Tiu Foo Woey and N Rajesh acted on behalf of the appellant.