Religious school teen pleads guilty to sexually assaulting much younger schoolmate

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 Sept 2017: 

The Ampang Magistrate’s Court here today ordered a 14-year-old student of a Tahfiz (religious) school to be sent to Asrama Sentosa, a moral rehabilitation hostel in Sentul, for a year for committing physical sexual assault on a six-year-old school mate.

Magistrate Haslinda A.Raof issued the probation order against the 14-year-old boy under Section 91 (1) (e) of the Child Act after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

The proceeding was held behind closed-doors as the case involved juveniles.

The accused, who is the second of four siblings,was charged with committing the physical sexual assault on the six-year-old without the boy’s consent in a room at the school in Kampung Pandan here at 6.15pm on July 31.

The charge, under Section 14 (a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years, and is liable to whipping, if found guilty.

Based on the facts of the case, the victim’s mother went to the school to pick up her son – and she saw the older boy leaving in a hurry.

The woman then asked her son what happened and after she insisted, the boy told her that the older boy had placed his private part on his buttock and also taught him to masturbate.

In mitigation, the accused, who was unrepresented, asked that he be sent to a moral rehabilitation hostel, while his father told the court that his son could recite the Quran and he wanted to send him to another religious school.

Meanwhile in Petaling Jaya, two friends were sentenced to five years jail and given three strokes of the cane each by the sessions court here today for robbing a woman at a car park of a shopping centre here.

Judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar handed down the sentence on Mohd Faizul Nizam Hamzah, 30, and Mohamad Faizal Mohd Sharif, 26, after the two men changed their plea to guilty today.

Mohd Faizul Nizam, who is a mechanic, and trader Mohamad Faizal, had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge. They were ordered to serve the jail sentence from the date of their arrest on Jan 8 this year.

The two men were charged with committing the robbery on one Jama’ayah Mohamed, 53, when armed with a weapon which looked like a pistol, at the car park of Jaya One here, at 2.39am on Jan 8.

The woman was robbed of two handphones, RM750, two credit cards, a gold ring and a gold chain.

The charge, under Section 395 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 397 of the same law, provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years and fine, or whipping, upon conviction.

In mitigation, the two men, represented by lawyer Datuk Suraj Singh, said they were remorseful and the breadwinners for their families.

– Bernama

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