|Court dismisses rape appeal|
|Wednesday, 12 September 2012 01:24pm|
©The New Straits Times (Used by permission)
PUTRAJAYA: A car mechanic, who raped an underage girl on two occasions, began his 12-year jail sentence yesterday following the dismissal of his appeal by the Court of Appeal.
Effandi Mashor, 35, will also receive 12 strokes of the rotan. He was found guilty of raping the girl in 2005. She was almost 14 years old then. The accused was released on RM15,000 bail pending his appeal.
Yesterday, a three-man Court of Appeal bench led by Datuk Abdul Malik Ishak said they decided to sustain the conviction and sentence of the trial court and High Court after going through the appeal records and submissions. The bench, however, did not give any oral grounds for dismissing the appeal.
It was revealed that the girl had subsequently given birth, but the investigating officer did not proceed with a paternity test.
A police report was only lodged in May 2006, a year after the incident, after the girl's mother found her with contraceptive pills.
Effandi, represented by S. Ravi Shankar, committed two counts of rape on June 21, 2005, at a mango orchard and at his motor workshop in Langkawi the following day.
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