Rapist dad's sentence upheld

I seriously don't get it why a father would do such a thing to his own daughter!! That's his own daughter for God's sake!!!!! Aren't family members supposed to be the ones we can trust?

Rapist dad's sentence upheld
Source: NSTonline, 14/05/2008

PUTRAJAYA: An unemployed man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for raping his underage daughter.

The Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal against a sentence of 45 years' jail on three counts of rape.

The man has now exhausted all his appeals following the Appellate Court upholding the decision of the lower court.

He was, however, spared the cane because he is 53- years-old.

"You are worse than an animal. How could you do this to your daughter?" Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Zaki Tun Azmi asked the man who was unrepresented.

Zaki, who was presiding with judges Datuk Gopal Sri Ram and Datuk Ahmad Maarop, said no one in the right frame of mind would sympathise with the accused.

The judge also said if he had his way, he would have raised the jail sentence.

Zaki said the accused could consider himself lucky as those above 50 years old were exempted from flogging.

He committed the offence at his house in Kuala Krai, Kelantan.

On Jan 11, 2005, the Kota Baru Sessions Court sentenced the man, then aged 49, to 15 years' jail and 10 strokes of rotan for each offence after he pleaded guilty. The jail sentences were to run consecutively.

The High Court affirmed the sentence of the lower court when the accused appealed.


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