PETALING JAYA: A foreigner was charged in the Johor Bahru sessions court today with raping and sodomising his three-year-old daughter in December.
The 45-year-old father of five children pleaded not guilty after two charges were read out before judge Siti Noraida Sulaiman, according to Utusan Malaysia.
He was charged with raping his youngest child in the bathroom of their house at Taman Bukit Mewah in Tampoi on Dec 13, and committing unnatural sex with her at the same location on the same date.
The first charge was framed under Section 376(3) of the Penal Code, which provides for up to 30 years in jail and no less than 10 strokes of the rotan if convicted.
The second charge was framed under Section 377C of the Penal Code, which provides for a maximum 20-year jail sentence and whipping.
The court did not grant the accused bail and set March 12 for mention.
The prosecution had asked the court not to allow bail, saying it was a serious offence and that the accused and victim still lived in the same house.
A report said the man, who is unemployed and whose Malaysian wife was working in Singapore, was arrested on Dec 28 after she lodged a police report.
He did not have a criminal record and had entered the country with a valid visa.