House guest charged with raping widow's daughters

KUALA PILAH - A widow who invited a man to live with her and her two teenage daughters is now alleging that he raped her daughters.

The 46-year-old hairstylist from Gemencheh had allowed the 49-year-old suspect to move into her house after he befriended her.

The unemployed man from Malacca was charged in the Sessions Court here yesterday with raping the girls, aged 12 and 13 respectively. Clad in a blue t-shirt and faded jeans, the accused was said to have committed the offences between last November and May this year.

He claimed trial to seven charges – for raping the older girl six times and her younger sibling once – before judge Elesabet Paya Wan.

The crimes were allegedly committed in a room and the living room in the widow's house in the afternoon.

The accused was charged under Section 376(2) of the Penal Code which provides for a jail sentence of between 10 and 30 years and whipping upon conviction.

The suspect was arrested on June 9 after the older victim, accompanied by her mother, lodged a report at the Tampin police station earlier that day.

After the suspect claimed trial yesterday, deputy public prosecutor Ainnan Mohd Rasid asked the court to order him to stay away from the victims, their mother, as well as not to contact them.

Elesabet granted the restraining order and fixed July 27 for re-mention, with bail set at RM24,000 (S$8,585).