BUTTERWORTH: A man was charged in the Sessions Court here today with sodomising an eight-year-old boy, last month.
However, no plea was recorded from the accused, a Pakistani contract labourer, as he did not understand the charge that was read in Bahasa Malaysia to him before Judge Noor Aini Yusof.
The accused was charged with committing the unnatural sex on the boy in a flat in Perai Jaya at 2pm on May 27.
The charge was framed under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, which provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and whipping.
Deputy public prosecutor Nur Fazliyana Ahmad appeared for the prosecution, while the accused was unrepresented.
The court did not allow bail for the accused and set July 19 for mention, as well as for an interpreter to read the charge to the man in his native language.
According to media reports, the victim’s father had lodged a police report on the incident, in which his youngest son was approached by the suspect at a playground at about 2pm, who then took the boy to his rented house before forcibly committing the sexual assault on him. – Bernama