Man gets 22 strokes of rotan and 28 years jail for rape and robbery

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THE Court of Appeal today enhanced the jail term and strokes on an unemployed man who raped and robbed a Thai woman, about four years ago.

A three-man bench led by Datuk Abdul Malik Ishak, which presided over the proceeding, meted out a total of 28 years imprisonment and 22 strokes of the rotan on R. Shanmuganathan after dismissing his appeal to reduce the jail term.

Abdul Malik said a stiff penalty should be served as deterrent to the appellant (Shanmuganathan) and also to other would-be offenders.

He said this was because public interest was of paramount importance.

Shanmuganathan, now 30, was charged with raping the woman at an empty house in Bandar Hilir, Melaka about 3.30am on Aug 31, 2008.

He also faced a second charge of committing armed robbery on the woman, at the same place and time.

On July 26, 2010, the Sessions Court found Shanmuganathan guilty on both charges and sentenced him to 12 years jail and five strokes for rape, and four years and five strokes for robbery. – Bernama