KOTA KINABALU: A local man admitted guilty at the Sessions Court today for two charges of raping his under-aged niece.
However, Judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad ruled out the guilty plea since the accused requested to find a lawyer to represent him for defense.
The court also set 27 January next year for mention of case.
For the first charge, the accused admitted to commit the crime at a village in Papar, around 1.00pm to 2.00pm, in September this year.
For the second charge, he was accused of the same offense committed in 23 December this year, at 9.00pm, at the same location.
He faces charges under Section 375 (g) of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 376 (1) of the same act, which carries the punishment of up to 20 years jail with caning, if found guilty.
The accused was permitted bail of RM10,000 with one local surety.
Vice Prosecutro Akmalzatul Mohamed Nawi prosecuted. -SayangSabah