Jail time for child rapist halved

The appellant in the Kuching Courthouse complex.

KUCHING, August 30: A primary school gardener who was found guilty of raping a disabled underaged girl and assaulting her by forcing another minor to rape her in front of him had his jail time halved after he successfully appealed against his sentence.

The appellant, Motis Juwel, 57, was originally sentenced on March 23 to a total of 80 years in prison and 18 strokes of the cane by Session Court Judge Dayang Ellyn Narisa Abang Ahmad. He then appealed against the sentence in the Kuching High Court.

Kuching High Court Judge Ravinthran N. Paramaguru today reduced his jail time to 40 years but upheld the 18 strokes of the cane.


The appellant originally faced 6 charges. He faced two charges of assaulting the girl by making another child rape her in front of him between January 2018 to February 2018 in the store room of a school in Bau. He was found guilty of committing an offence under subsection 14(b) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 which is punishable under section 14 of the same act.

He was also found guilty on one charge of raping the victim in May 2016, in the said school store room, under section 376(2)of the Penal Code.

The appellant also was found guilty of three charges of raping the victim between January 2018 to March 2018 in the same school store room under section 376(2) of the Penal Code. — DayakDaily