Jail sentence reduced in sexual assault case

Fadley Faisal

The Court of Appeal on Monday reduced a local man’s penalty for outraging the modesty of his adopted daughter to three years’ imprisonment.

Justice Michael Peter Burrell, sitting with Justices Conrad Seagroatt and Michael Victor Lunn, arrived at the decision after considering the degree of offences committed, the sentencing judge’s high starting point and the guilty plea at the first opportunity. The 62-year-old man, whose name has been withheld to protect the victim’s identity, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.

The appellate court also revised the commencement of the sentence from date of first remand, instead of date of sentencing.

The defendant was alone at home with the victim, sometime in 2018. The case facts stated that the victim was in the shower, when the defendant came to the door to ask for soap. As the victim opened the bathroom door, the defendant pushed her, causing her to fall onto the bathroom floor.

The defendant immediately approached the victim and fondled her.

Lawyer Daud Ismail represented the appellant while DPP Rozaimah Abdul Rahman appeared as respondent.