KUALA LUMPUR: A judge today urged a man who was convicted of sexual abuse and sodomization of his daughter more than 600 times to repent after shortening the prison sentence of the latter.
"Deep in your heart you only know what happened and only you can tell what pain your child has suffered, so, repent," Judge Azman Abdullah told the 37-year-old who pleaded guilty to sodomizing, raping and sexually abusing his daughter.
The judge said the man's actions were unacceptable, and noted that even animals do not commit such gruesome acts.
Azman had previously allowed the man to appeal against his 48-year imprisonment for 623 sexual offenses, pronounced on September 8, 2017 by the Special Court for Sex Crimes against children in Putrajaya.
Azman lowered the prison sentence to 40 years while retaining the 24 strokes of rattan, imposed by the court for sexual offenses.
Of the 623 violations, the appellant was convicted of 591 sodomy charges, 30 counts of physical sexual abuse by touching his eldest daughter, one charge of rape and one indictment of sexual assault.
In September last year, the appellant was sentenced to 48 years in prison and 24 strokes after he had pleaded guilty to 623 sexual offenses against his 15-year-old daughter.
The court also ordered the appellant to undergo rehabilitation counseling for ten years and to be under police supervision three years after serving the prison sentence.
He was also instructed to pay RM10,000 compensation to the victim or another 12 months in prison.
The court also ordered that he should be placed under a RM10,000 registered behavioral garage with one deposit for five years and that he would do 240 hours of community work for six months.
Deputy Prosecutor Aimi Syazwani Sarmin led the prosecution while lawyers Cyrus Tiu Foo Woey and N Rajesh acted on behalf of the appellant.