A 51-year-old local man yesterday denied a charge of outraging the modesty of his 12-year-old niece.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Fitri Kiprawi’s charge against the defendant alleges him of hugging his niece around her waist while she was lying down on her side in a bedroom at a house at 3am on September 16.
The prosecution objected to the defendant’s request to be released on court bail, on the grounds that he is facing a serious offence, carrying a penalty of a minimum three years and maximum 10 years’ jail term.
The prosecution also submitted that there is a high risk of the defendant tampering with the prosecution’s witnesses because he lives in the same house as the victim and other prosecution witnesses.
Intermediate Court Judge Radin Safiee Radin Mas Basiuni adjourned the case to make his ruling, on the bail application today.