Putrajaya, Malaysia — A former teacher rape student lost his final appeal Friday against a 12-year jail sentence and seven strokes of the rotan for raping a 12-year-old student in a school science lab in Malaysia four years ago.
Court of Appeal judge Datuk Azahar Mohamed, who chaired the three-member panel, told defendent Yek Hock Soon, “You took advantage of your student”.
“We have considered the sentence meted out by the sessions court and agree with the sessions court that the offence you had committed is serious, particularly when you committed rape, you were a teacher,” he said, according to reports.
The 30-year-old Yek was sentenced on two charges – one for raping the victim, and one for outraging the girl’s modesty.
Yek, from Sitiawan, Perak, begins serving the sentence today. He was on bail pending appeal.
The teacher rape student offences against the victim were committed at the science laboratory of a school in Pasir Puteh, Kelantan in August 2009.
The three justices unanimously dismissed Yak’s final appeal against his conviction.
The court accepted the victim’s explanation as to why she did not mention the rape incident in her police report.
“It is important to note that the victim was 12 years old at that time and would have been in a traumatic state and her explanation that she was embarrassed to inform the police (of the rape) was reasonable,” the judge said.
The appeals court said it found no reason to interfere with earlier court findings in the case.