Monday, April 25, 2011

Youth going to jail for 30 years and 16 rotan for rape and robbery.

Mohd Karimi Kamal Arifin being led out of court yesterday.

An unemployed youth was sentenced by the Sessions Court yesterday to a maximum 30 years' jail and 16 strokes of the rotan for rape, robbery and breaking into a hostel of an undergraduate.

Mohd Karimi Kamal Arifin, 22, of Lorong Mata Kuching here, was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old Universiti Teknologi Mara student at Kolej Siswi Tun Mutahir at 2.20pm on April 18.

Judge Abu Bakar Katar sentenced him to a maximum 30 years' jail and 10 strokes of the rotan.

On the second charge of robbing the girl of a handphone and RM133, besides causing her grievous hurt at 2.25pm at the same place and date, Karimi was sentenced to 12 years' jail and six strokes of the rotan.

On the third charge of breaking into the hostel on the same day, he was sentenced to two years' jail.

Karimi was not represented while deputy public prosecutor Mahmoodah Abdul Latiff prosecuted.

In mitigation, Karimi told the court that he had repented and would not commit any criminal offence in the future.

Mahmoodah urged the court to impose the maximum sentence as the offence was serious.

"Not only did the accused break into the hostel and rob the victim, he also raped her and caused her grievous hurt by punching her face and hitting her head against the wall," he said, adding that the student was traumatised by the whole incident and had been forced to take a break from her studies.

Bakar also ordered the sentences to run concurrently from the date of arrest, April 18.

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