Man gets caning, prison for molesting daughter

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A MAN was sentenced to five years and eight months’ imprisonment and five strokes of the cane at the Intermediate Court yesterday for outraging the modesty of his daughter on several occasions since 2011.

The 37 year-old defendant, whose name is being withheld to protect the victim’s identity, had been convicted to three charges of the sexual offence earlier on.

In handing down the sentence, presiding Judge Pg Hjh Hanani Pg Hj Metusain said the defendant had committed a serious offence as the victim is his biological daughter.

She also said that the acts in question were not spontaneous but rather premeditated.

The defendant had first committed the offence in an empty house where their family used to live when the victim was just eight years old, before repeating the offence in 2012 and 2016.

The offences were finally reported to the police when the victim complained to her school friends and teachers after the latest incident occurred this year when the girl was 13 years old.

The father of seven had been facing up to 10 years’ imprisonment with caning for the offence under section 354B of the Penal Code, Chapter 22 before the sentence was handed down.

The Brunei Times