Manager denies raping and marrying 13-year-old to avoid court action

Manager denies raping and marrying 13-year-old to avoid court action
Riduan Masmud

KOTA KINABALU - A 40-year-old man who married his alleged teenage rape victim told a Sessions Court here he did not know how traces of his semen were found in the girl's private parts.

Restaurant manager Riduan Masmud said he also found it illogical that two pieces of handkerchiefs in the back seat of his car had traces of his semen.

"I did not do it (rape her) and I don't know how my semen could be found in these places mentioned by the court," he said before Kota Kina­balu Sessions Court judge Ummu Kalthom Samad here yesterday.

The accused said this in his defence against a charge of raping the 13-year-old girl in a parked car along a road near the Kionsom waterfalls in Inanam between 9am and 10am on Feb 18 this year.

The alleged offence was not known until the girl's aunt lodged a police report against Riduan.

The restaurant owner was charged with the crime 10 days later.

However, the teenager withdrew her report on April 18.

Riduan, who has four children with another woman, had defended his marriage to the young girl, saying their marriage was consensual.

He said he had sent his first wife to work at 1Borneo Hypermall at about 9.45am on Feb 18 and that there was no way he could have been at the place of the alleged crime at around the time of the incident on the day in question.

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