Convicted serial rapist ordered to enter defence

TEMERLOH - Convicted serial rapist Rabidin Satir has been ordered to enter his defence for the rape and murder of a 17-year-old girl.

High Court judge Justice Ab Karim Ab Rahman said the accused was the last one at the crime scene based on the DNA traces found.

He said that even though Rabidin's lawyer Richard Bong had raised the possibility that there was another person at the scene, it did not jeopardise the prosecution's case.

"It was clear that there were traces of semen found on the victim's clothes and genitals. Those are the very same clothes given to the doctor for investigation," he said here yesterday.

Justice Ab Karim also said the doctor had found that the victim died from having her throat slit.

He added that the prosecution had successfully proven a prima facie case against Rabidin.

Rabidin, 43, nicknamed Rambo Bentong, was facing charges of raping and murdering Annie Kok Yin Cheng, 17, in 2009.

He allegedly committed the offences at a house in Kampung Ketari, Bentong.

He is currently serving a 50-year jail term for multiple counts of rape and for injuring a policeman.

On Feb 5 last year, Rabidin was sentenced to 115 years and 50 lashes of the cane 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 imprisonment after pleading guilty to attacking and injuring police constable Mohd Suhaimi Md Razali, 24, with a machete on Nov 14, 2012.

Rabidin's jail sentence had been reduced after his appeals against all convictions were granted in November last year.

The 50 whippings had also been reduced to 24.

Rabidin then chose to testify from the witness stand as his defence option.

Justice Ab Karim fixed trial for tomorrow. DPP Siti Hajar Mustaffa prosecuted.