Man acquitted as car’s front seat deemed too small for rape

The court complex in Kuching.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, July 12:  A man has been discharged from a rape case on the ground that the space of the front seat of a car which the “rape” took place was too small for it to happen.

The Sessions Court today discharged and acquitted an unemployed man from the charge of raping a 19-year-old young woman.

Sessions Court Judge Dayang Ellyn Narisa Abang Ahmad in her judgement said that the incident happened in a car, Perodua Viva, front seat. 

She held that it was impossible for the accused to force himself upon the victim and raped her in the small space of the car’s front seat. 

The accused was charged to have committed the rape against the young woman on Sept 14, 2018, at a carpark near Matang. 

He was charged under sub-section 376(1) of the Penal Code, which carries an imprisonment term which may extend to 20 years and also whipping, if convicted.

DPP Ruthra Raj prosecuted while the accused was represented by Counsel Christopher Bada and Counsel Abdul Rahman Mohd Hazmi. — DayakDaily