The suspect who was arrested by police.

KUCHING: A man was arrested for alleged rape of a 16-year-old year girl in Simunjan.

The man was picked up by police at 11pm, following a report lodged against him by the victim on the same day (Tuesday).

The suspect who was arrested by police.

The man his 20s was said to have committed the crime early this month.

District police chief Supt Merbin Lisa said the girl, a form five student, initially followed her friend back to Simunjan. Her friend was the man’s cousin.

“As there wasn’t any vehicle available at that time to send the victim back home, her friend requested for her cousin to send the girl back. However, instead he brought the girl to a house to spend the night there.

“They were sleeping at the living room when the man suddenly asked to have intercourse with the girl,”he said in a statement yesterday.

Merbin pointed out when the girl refused, he forced himself on her.

The girl was referred to the Sarawak General Hospital for medical check-up.

The suspect has been remanded till Feb 19 to facilitate investigation under Section 376 of the Penal Code. If convicted, he could be jailed for up to 20 years and whipped.