The SEA Games Aquatics Coach Charged With Raping A National Trainee Was Granted Bail
A national aquatics coach, who was arrested from the National Sports Council (NSC) on 2 October under suspicion that he had raped a national trainee, pleaded not guilty to the charge, yesterday
Below are the latest facts of the case.
The accused, Huang Qiang, is a National aquatics coach who on 11 October was charged under Section 376(1) of the Penal Code for allegedly raping a 20-year-old national diving athlete
If convicted, the 35-year-old faces a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.
Huang, who is a father of two children, was charged with raping the victim at a dry gym in Bukit Jalil Sports Complex, Sri Petaling at about 5.30pm on 26 September.
The accused's alleged victim was said to be a backup for the national diving team and did not participate in the SEA Games
The victim's identity has been kept private after her lawyer Cheow Wee's request.
"She is already traumatised and is training for the upcoming Olympics," he said.
NST Online reported the lawyer saying that the victim was recovering and had received tremendous moral support from her fellow athletes and family members.
"All parties including the National Sports Council and the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia also playing their role to ease her burden due to the incident," he said.
The coach was granted bail despite it being a non-bailable offence. Court set his bail amount at RM50,000 with two sureties.
While Deputy Public Prosecutor Hafizza Sauni urged the court for no bail to be given as the accused could harass the victim or her teammates, adding that the accused is a flight risk because he has a family in China, Judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob allowed the bail application and fixed bail at RM50,000 in two sureties.
The accused has to report himself at the nearby police station twice a month.
Meanwhile, the court has fixed 6 November for the mention.
While this is the first major allegation of sexual abuse in the Malaysian sporting fraternity in recent times, a para coach for the tennis team was recently jailed for sodomising underage ballboys: