MELAKA: A Myanmar man was arrested by the police for committing physical sexual abuse against a girl who is also his neighbor’s daughter, at the end of last month.
Melaka Tengah District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Christopher Patit said the 35-year-old suspect who worked as a construction laborer was arrested in front of his home in Semabok here, 28 December 2022.
He said the arrest was made after the victim’s father made a police report regarding the incident on December 27.
“The suspect is believed to have groped the 12-year-old victim while the child was playing ball with his younger brother in front of their house.
“The incident happened at 8.30pm on December 26, when the victim claimed that the suspect suddenly pulled her left hand and groped her chest several times.
“The victim was initially afraid to tell his father about the incident and only told the suspect’s actions at 8.30 am on December 27, 2022,” he told reporters here today.
Christopher added that the interrogation of the victim’s 10-year-old younger brother revealed that the suspect had also mentioned sexual matters to him.
“The investigating officer has questioned the victim and his younger brother, the boy said that the Rohingya man had also told him something of a sexual nature.
“After hearing what his sister told him, the victim also told him that he had been groped by the suspect, and that the man had also reprimanded the two of them when they were on their way to their grandmother’s house in the same area,” he said.
The suspect is now remanded until next Monday to assist in the investigation in accordance with Section 14 (a) of the Sexual Offenses Against Children Act 2017. – MESSENGER
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