Sex offender’s verdict deferred

TEMERLOH, Malaysia - Judgment on a 43-year-old serial sex offender on murder and rape charges has been deferred to March 31.

Rabidin Satir @ Rambo Bentong – already serving a 133-year jail term – was supposed to know yesterday his fate for allegedly raping and killing Annie Kok Yin Cheng, 17, in 2009.

High Court judge Abdul Karim Ab Rahman said the facts of the case needed further study as one of the exhibits contained the DNA of a third party.

Rabidin, of Kampung Libang Ulu, Tambunan, Sabah, is alleged to have committed the offences at Lot 4168, Kampung Ketari, Bentong, between 11.30pm on March 7, 2009, and 1.50pm the next day.

The murder charge, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

The charge for rape, under Section 376 (4) of the same Act, carries the death penalty or a jail term of up to 30 years and whipping.

During the trial proper, defence counsel Richard Bong Chong Fook told the court that the chemist’s report revealed that a T-shirt of the victim contained the DNA of a third party.

He said no explanation was given and no statement was taken from the victim’s family members as to whom the DNA belonged to.

DPP Siti Hajar Mustaffa prosecuted.

The accused, who arrived in court under tight security, showed no emotion during the proceeding.

On Feb 5 last year, Rabidin was sentenced to 115 years and 50 lashes of the rotan after pleading guilty to four counts of rape and one count of unnatural sex between 2009 and 2011.

The four female victims were between eight and 17 years old.

On March 21 last year, he was sentenced to 18 years’ jail after pleading guilty to attacking and injuring police constable Mohd Suhaimi Md Razali, 24, with a parang at a house in Taman Shahbandar Husin, Bentong, at about 6pm on Nov 14, 2012.