Wednesday June 27, 2012
Rapist gets more jail time
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
SHAH ALAM: A rapist who is now serving 50 years for two convictions was sentenced to 20 more years in prison for raping a Form Six student three years ago.
At the outset of the court proceedings yesterday, S. Thiyagaran, 35, told judge Mokhzani Mokhtar to give him the maximum sentence for his third offence.
The judge then asked the accused if he understood what “maximum” meant and he replied: “Yes”.
Wearing a green prison uniform, Thiyagaran, who was unrepresented, admitted that he committed the crime against the then 19-year-old girl.
“(My offence) cannot be forgiven. I did it,” he said, pleading guilty to the offence that was committed at a Chinese cemetery in Kerling, Hulu Selangor, at 7am on Oct 8, 2009.
The victim, now 22, was waiting for a bus to go to school when the accused approached her and forced her to get into his car.
The court heard that Thiyagaran then took the girl to the graveyard and raped her.
The accused faced up to 30 years in jail and whipping, upon conviction.
DPP Che Rohana Ismail did not object to the maximum sentence requested by the accused.
“He destroyed the victim’s future and has caused her to suffer trauma and shame. She has to live with the stigma that she is no longer pure for the rest of her life.
“A maximum sentence would be the best,” added Che Rohana, who said the accused was a habitual offender based on his previous convictions.
Mohammed Mokhzani sentenced Thiyagaran to 20 years in jail and ordered him to be given 10 strokes of the rotan for the offence.
The judge ordered for the jail time to run consecutively from his current jail term.
The accused has two previous rape convictions, for which he was sentenced to jail for a total of 50 years and 20 whippings by an Ipoh court.