20-year-old guilty of sexual assault sent to Henry Gurney school

18 Dec 2023 06:01pm
Picture for illustrative purposes - FILE PIX
Picture for illustrative purposes - FILE PIX
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KUALA LUMPUR - The Sessions Court here today ordered a 20-year-old youth, who pleaded guilty to physical sexual assault of a six-year-old boy, to be sent to the Henry Gurney School in Melaka.

"Taking into account that the accused has no previous criminal records, is still underage, and in the interest of the public, he is ordered to be detained at the Henry Gurney School until he reaches 21. This order is as per Section 76 of the Child Act 2001," said Judge Tasnim Abu Bakar.

The youth was accused of committing the offence against the boy at the staircase of a condominium block in Wangsa Maju, between 7 pm and 8 pm on March 4, 2022.

The charge was framed under Section 14(a) Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 (Act 792), which is punishable by a prison term of up to 20 years, and liable to caning as well.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohamad Ikhwan Mohd Nasir requested a deterrent sentence to serve as a lesson to the accused and society, considering the interests of the public and the child victim.

However, the youth who was unrepresented, said he would leave it to the court to decide on the sentence - BERNAMA