Father gets 30 years’ jail, 15 whippings for raping daughters

Fadley Faisal

The High Court sentenced a 45-year-old man to 30 years’ jail and 15 strokes of the cane on Monday, for raping and sexually abusing his daughters.

Judicial Commissioner Haji Abdullah Soefri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin found the prosecution to have proven the case beyond reasonable doubt against the defendant, whose name has been withheld to protect the victims.

Prosecutor Atiyyah binti Abas’ evidence included the two victims’ testimonies, on which the court relied in convicting the defendant who claimed trial to the 10 charges.

The prosecution’s case had always been that the defendant raped his then 14-year-old daughter, Miss X, twice in 2017, at a flat in Brunei-Muara District, where the family lived.

One night in 2018, he performed a sexual act on Miss X, showed her a pornographic video and took an obscene video of himself.

On an evening in 2018, the defendant performed a sexual act on Miss X at the flat. He repeated the sexual act on her again on an evening in August 2019.

He started victimising his other daughter, Miss Y, then aged 12, one afternoon at the flat, in February 2019.

The defendant raped Miss Y two more times at the flat, in June and August 2019.

Prosecutor Atiyyah urged the court to hand down a deterrent sentence by taking into account the offences, multiple victims and the repeated acts committed on both his daughters within the span of three years.

The prosecution continued to highlight the fact that the defendant could have reflected on his behaviour after the first incident.

Case laws were cited, mentioning that “offences of this nature are disturbingly frequent in this jurisdiction. The need for deterrent sentences is plain”.

Judicial Commissioner Haji Abdullah Soefri took the prosecution’s submissions into consideration and agreed that there is “a gross abuse of trust and parental authority”, while further reflecting the sentence on the tender age of the victims.