SHAH ALAM: A man who was jailed 1,050 years for raping his 12-year-old stepdaughter had filed an appeal against his conviction and sentence with the help of Kajang prison authorities.
Lawyer V Vemal Arasan said the appeal would be heard pending the Klang sessions court judge writing her grounds.
“The High Court judge based here (Shah Alam) has transferred the matter to be heard in the Klang High Court,” he told FMT after the case management before High Court Judge Abdul Halim Aman today.
Deputy public prosecutor Zuraini Abdul Razak appeared for the prosecution.
The man, who is in his early 20s, was brought to the court by prison officials.
Lawyer KA Ramu, last month filed for a review of the case after the verdict was extensively reported in the media.
The accused had been found guilty of sexually assaulting the minor 105 times over a two-year period.
Sessions court Judge M Kunasundary had on Jan 27 ordered the accused to serve 10 years in jail for each of the 105 charges, with the sentences to run consecutively from the date of his arrest on Jan 20. She also ordered for him to be given 24 strokes of the rotan.
Vemal, who is assisting Ramu, said the prison authorities had filed 104 appeals within the 14-day period and one after the deadline.
“We will now take over the matter since the man has appointed us to represent him,” he said.
The man, who was earlier unrepresented, committed the offence at a house in Sungai Way, Petaling, Selangor, from Jan 5, 2018 to Feb 24, 2020.
Section 376B of the Penal Code provides for a jail term of not less than 10 years and not exceeding 30 years, and whipping.
Lawyers interviewed by FMT expressed reservation on the punishment, with one describing it as ridiculous.