Man gets 50 years, 4 strokes of cane for sexually assaulting teens

Fruit trader Md Zhafran Bakar pleaded guilty to committing the offences at a hotel in Batu Berendam, Melaka. (Bernama pic)

MELAKA: A father of three was sentenced to a total of 50 years’ jail and ordered to be given four strokes of the cane by the Sessions Court here today for physical and non-physical assault on two teenage boys.

Judge Elesabet Paya Wan handed down the sentence on fruit trader Md Zhafran Bakar, 31, after he pleaded guilty to the charges.

The man, who was unrepresented, was sentenced to 10 years’ jail and a stroke of the cane on each of the four charges for physical sexual assault and five years jail on each count for two charges of committing non-physical sexual assault on the two boys by making them watch a pornographic video.

However, he was ordered the serve the jail sentences concurrently from the date of arrest, which was last Oct 21, meaning he would only be in jail for 10 years.

Zhafran was charged with four counts of committing physical sexual assault on the two victims, aged 14 and 15, at a hotel in Batu Berendam here, between 1.05am and 4.30am last Oct 21.

The four charges were framed under Section 14(b) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, which provides imprisonment of up to 20 years and whipping, upon conviction.

Zhafran was also charged with two counts of non-physical sexual assault on the two children by making them watch a pornographic video on his handphone in a Kenari car at the Batu Berendam wholesale market area here at 12.30am the same day.

The charges were made under Section 15(e) of the same law, which provides imprisonment for up to 10 years, or maximum fine of RM20,000, or both, upon conviction.

In mitigation, Zhafran said he had a wife and three young children to support.

The prosecution, conducted by deputy public prosecutor Siti Ruvinna Mohd Rawi, said the offences committed by Zhafran were serious.

“During the incident, the accused offered rewards for the two teenagers, like a treat at McDonald’s and handphones, if they agreed to follow him to the hotel.

“A father with three children should be protecting them, not doing what he did,” she said.

According to the facts of the case, at about 5pm last Oct 25, Zhafran approached the two boys, who are related to him, at a flat unit and offered them cigarettes and also a part-time job.

Later in the evening, he contacted the two boys through WhatsApp and asked them out for dinner before taking them to a hotel in Batu Berendam.