PUTRAJAYA - A senior citizen was jailed 12 years by a Sessions Court here for inserting his finger into an 11-month-old baby girl's private part last month.
Judge Mohamad Kamil Nizam also ordered the 68-year-old former lorry driver Hashim Karim to be whipped twice, and instructed the sentence to run from Aug 22, the day Hashim was nabbed.
Judge Mohamad Kamil meted out the sentence after Hashim admitted to the charge yesterday.
Hashim was accused of committing the offence at a house in Shah Alam at about 4pm on Aug 20 and was charged under Section 377CA of the Penal Code for sexual connection by object.
Earlier, in mitigation, Hashim who was clad in olive green shirt and white short pants, said he was unemployed and had to take care of his school-going child.
Meanwhile, Deputy Public Prosecutor Aimi Syazwani Sarmin urged the court to mete out a deterrent sentence to serve as a lesson to the accused as the crime involved an infant.
"The victim is like a granddaughter to the accused, and he should have taken a good care of the baby instead for causing injury to her.
"Although he is 68 years old, he is not spared from being whipped as he is a sexual offender. This is allowed under the law," she said.
Aimi also applied to the court to restrain the media from publishing identities and information related to the victim under Section 14 of the Evidence of Child Witness Act 2007.
Judge Mohamad Kamil granted her application.
Based on the statement of facts, the baby's parents sent her to babysitter's house every day, except weekends.
On Aug 20, they sent their baby to the babysitter's house as usual. At 4pm, the babysitter asked the accused, her father-in-law, to look after the baby as she needed to renew her road tax and car insurance.
When the babysitter returned, she found the infant crying continuously in the cradle and saw that there was blood on the baby's pants. Later, when she bathed the child, she again detected blood.
The parents subsequently took their child to the hospital after discovering blood on the child's diaper.
An obstetrician and gynecologist specialist who examined the child said the injury sustained by the infant could have been caused by a huge blunt object which was forced into her private part.
According to police investigation, the accused told his son he had inserted his finger into the victim's private parts, and what he said was heard by a third person.