KUALA LUMPUR - A sub-contractor was sentenced to 18 years' jail and ordered to be whipped eight times by the Ampang Sessions Court for raping and sodomising his former girlfriend's underage daughter, who called him Papa.
Upon hearing the verdict, Nazarul Rizman Mohd Tartip, 31, sighed and covered his face with his handkerchief.
After court adjourned, Nazarul cried in the dock when approached by his mother.
"Why has this happened to me, mother? I did not do it. What is this test from God? Forgive me, mother," he shouted.
Nazarul was found guilty of raping and sodomising the girl, who was then seven years old, at his ex-girlfriend's apartment unit in Taman Bukit Indah between Sept 3 and Sept 16 last year.
The accused, who had stayed with the girl's mother from June 2011 to Sept 16 last year, was convicted after the court heard evidence from 11 prosecution witnesses and three defence witnesses in April this year.
In her judgment yesterday, Sessions Court judge Manira Mohd Nor held that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case.
Manira said Nazarul had merely denied the charges and testified that the girl's mother was vengeful and had threatened him.
"His evidence was bare denial," she said.
Pleading for leniency, Nazarul's lawyer Muhammad Zaim Azfar Jalaludin said his client was a first offender who had to support his child and elderly parents.
Manira sentenced him to 10 years' jail and five lashes for rape, and another eight years' jail and three lashes for sodomy. She ordered the jail terms to run consecutively from the date of sentencing.