Army Private Allegedly Forced His GF To Have Sex With 8 Others At A Hotel In Kluang
Nine "rank and file" army personnel, aged between 19 and 24, have been remanded for a week for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl
The nine, who are Class 2 Artillery Course 3/2017 series students of the 33rd Royal Artillery Regiment (RAD) in Kluang, Johor, were arrested following a police report that was lodged by the teenaged girl at the Kluang police station on the morning of 22 February, according to a report by The Malay Mail Online, dated 25 February.
"The nine male suspects were handed over to investigators at the Kluang district police headquarters by the Mahkota Camp's military police corps at 8.20pm on the same day as the report lodged by the victim. The suspects were rearrested by police and had their identities documented to facilitate investigations under Section 375B of the Penal Code for gang rape," The Malay Mail Online reported, citing sources close to the case.
The incident reportedly happened on 23 December last year, when the victim and one of the suspects, a 22-year-old army private, who was the boyfriend of the victim, had checked into a hotel room
On 23 December, the victim and her boyfriend had checked into their room at a popular hotel at Jalan Mata Kucing in the Kluang town centre, where they had consensual sex.
However, later the 22-year-old army private's eight other military friends showed up. He then asked the girl to have sex with his friends too, but she refused.
The eight soldiers then forcefully took turns to gang rape her for more than two hours.
"The victim had alleged that during the entire ordeal from about 4pm to 6pm, the suspects had forcefully held her head, hands and legs," The Malay Mail Online reported.
Then on 16 January, on the rooftop of the Kluang Parade shopping centre at Jalan Sentul in Kluang town centre, the teenage girl tried to take her own life. However, a security guard talked her out of it.
The 17-year-old victim has been hospitalised after failing to take her own life.
The Malay Mail Online, citing sources familiar with investigations, reported that, "The victim initially did not elaborate on her predicament to the authorities due to fear. Police later found out about her alleged rape and her ordeal in being forced to have sex by the military personnel for several hours."
According to a report in NST Online, an identification parade involving the alleged victim will be organised by the police soon
"All (nine) have been remanded for seven days from today until March 1 to facilitate investigations," Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said.
They are being investigated under Section 375B of the Penal Code for gang rape.
Section 375B of the Penal Code is used where a woman is raped by one or more in a group of persons. If convicted, they can be jailed between 10 to 30 years.
As shocking as it may sound, recently there have been several cases where Malaysian armed forces personnel have been arrested, charged and sentenced for rape, one of the most heinous crimes
Back in December 2017, 37-year-old Corporal Mohd Zulkarnain Abdul Razak was sentenced to 13 years in jail and six strokes of the cane for raping a friend's 25-year-old wife during a sleepover at the couple's home in Kuala Lumpur.
Then there's the very public case of the disgraced former Malaysian military attache Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, who was charged with stalking and attempting to rape a woman in New Zealand in 2014. The 39-year-old father of three is now back in Malaysia after serving his home detention period.