A 71-year-old man from Desa Chemor Permai in Perak, who was charged in the Ipoh Sessions Court on Thursday, with molesting and raping his two granddaughters in June 2017, was today granted bail
Judge Datuk Julie Lack Abdullah allowed the man to be released on an RM10,000 bail for both charges with one surety, according to a report in New Straits Times.
The accused, who identity was not revealed to protect the victims, has been charged with multiple charges involving molestation and rape, with one of them falling under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.
The above charge carries a 20 years jail term and whipping upon conviction.
He has pleaded not guilty to both charges
According to the report in New Straits Times, both the alleged offences were committed between 3 to 6 June in 2017 in his house at Desa Chemor Permai, Perak.
The 71-year-old grandfather is accused of committing a sexual act on his six-year-old granddaughter, for which he was charged under Section 376B of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of 30 years and whipping upon conviction.
He is also accused of sexually molesting his other granddaughter, who is five years old, for which was charged under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and whipping upon conviction.
His defence appealed for bail on medical grounds
While Deputy Public Prosecutor Naidatul Athirah Azman had appealed to the court to disallow bail for the accused in view that both the victims were his grandchildren, the accused's lawyer Sukhdev Singh said both victims were not living with him.
"The children are not staying with my client and he also needs medical treatment for his illness daily," Sukhdev Singh told the court, adding that the accused suffers from Parkinson's disease, hypertension, piles and hearing defects.
However, while the bail was allowed, Judge Abdullah placed an additional condition, cautioning the accused to not have any contact with the victims in any manner.
The case is up for mention on 13 August 2018.