By Dorcas Ting
KUCHING, Jan 16: An unemployed man pleaded not guilty today to a charge of raping a 15-year-old girl in a hotel on Dec 16 last year.
Sessions Court judge Mohd Taufik Mohd Yusof allowed the accused to be released on a court bail of RM3,000 with one local surety with a fixed income of RM1,500.
Mohd Taufik fixed Feb 18, 2019, for pre-trial case management of the case.
The 20-year-old accused, from Kampung Buso, was alleged to have raped the girl at a hotel room at Jalan Abell, Padungan, at about 8.30pm.
He was charged under Section 376(1) of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum 20 years imprisonment and canning upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Syarifah Fatimah Azura prosecuted, while the accused was unrepresented. — DayakDaily