Ex-national coach acquitted of rape charge yet again

Huang Qiang wins acquittal for the third time over a charge of raping a diver. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today freed former national diving coach Huang Qiang from a rape charge, the third time he was acquitted of the same crime.

Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali said there was reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case.

“Having read the records of appeal, I find that the trial judge did not err in her finding to acquit the accused (Huang),” he said.

Huang, from China, became a Malaysian citizen in 2011.

He was accused of raping a diver at a dry gym at the National Aquatic Centre at the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex, Sri Petaling, on Sept 26, 2017.

Nazlan said Huang had raised the issue of “time lapse” to show there was not enough time for the rape to take place.

He said there was also closed circuit television (CCTV) footage recorded on the day.

This is Huang’s third acquittal by the courts.

He was first acquitted in April 2018, after the Sessions Court ruled that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against him.

After the prosecution’s appeal, Huang was ordered to enter defence under Section 376(1) of the Penal Code, but was acquitted again last year.

His lawyer Mohd Hisham Md Nen said the defence had called two witnesses, including former national head coach Yang Zhuliang, to support their case.

Deputy public prosecutor Nur Asyikin Mokhtar appeared for the prosecution.