Wednesday, 31 October 2018

A Father of three jailed 50 years, caning for sexual assault on two teenage boys

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Father of three jailed 50 years, caning for sexual assault on two teens

Wednesday, 31 Oct 20185:38 PM MYT

MELAKA (Bernama): A father of three was sentenced to a total of 50 years' jail and four strokes of the cane by the Sessions Court here on Wednesday (Oct 31), on six charges of committing 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.

He was also sentenced to five years' jail on each count for the two charges of committing non-physical sexual assault on the two boys by making them watch a pornographic video.

Md 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 1.05 am and 4.30 am last Oct 21.

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

Md Zhafran was also charged with two counts on non-physical sexual assault on the two children, by making them watch a pornographic video on his handphone in a car at the Batu Berendam

Wholesale market area here at about 12.30am the same day.

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

In mitigation, Md 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 Md Zhafran were serious.

“During the incident, the accused offered rewards for the two teenagers, like working half-time, 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, Md 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 the ‘WhatsApp' application and asked them out for dinner before taking them to a hotel in Batu Berendam. - Bernama


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