The Intermediate Court on Saturday handed a 16-year jail sentence with 12 strokes of the cane to a 44-year-old local man who pleaded guilty to two charges of committing statutory rape against a 13-year-old girl.
The man, whose identity is withheld to protect the victim, raped the teen at a house sometime between January to August. A second count states that he raped the victim at the same house again, either on August 17 or 18.
On handing sentence, Judge Harnita Zelda Skinner said that the case was disturbing, with the aggravating factors highlighted by the prosecution stating that the defendant had sexual intercourse with the 13-year-old twice, which was tantamount to rape as the victim is under the age of 14.
More details on Sunday’s Borneo Bulletin