KOTA KINABALU: A former university security guard who tried to rape a student in her hostel two years ago was handed 13 years’ jail for his crime.
Arshad Masdin, 30, was also ordered by Sessions Court judge Elsie Primus to get six strokes of the cane.
According to the charge sheet, he had forcibly removed the then 18-year-old girl’s clothes before attempting to rape her at 12.30am on July 15, 2018 at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) hostel.
Arshad was convicted under Section 376(2)(a)/511 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of between five and 30 years and whipping, upon conviction.
He was ordered to serve his jail sentence while awaiting his appeal to the High Court.
His counsel had earlier applied for a stay of execution pending the appeal but it was rejected by the court.
Arshad was represented by counsel Shalan Jufry, Luqman Szazwan Zabidi, and Mohammad Hafiz while Deputy Public Prosecutors Rustam Sanip and Mas Izatty Lokman prosecuted.
Throughout the trial, there were 22 prosecution’s witnesses and three defence witnesses had been called to testify.