Former cop gets 100 years’ jail for rape, sodomy

By Muguntan Vanar

KOTA KINABALU: A former state anti-vice chief was jailed a total of 100 years and given 15 strokes of the rotan for raping and sodomising a 13-year-old girl.

Deputy Supt Rohaizat Abd Ani (above), 56, a father of two children, was found guilty of four charges of rape and one of sodomy between February and May 2012.

Sessions judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad slapped the maximum 20 years jail for each of the charge.

Rohaizat was found guilty of raping and sodomising the victim between 4.30pm and 5.30pm  in a room at Tang Dynasty Hotel here on Feb 1, 2012. The next day, he again raped the girl between 12.30pm and 1.30pm in another room of the same hotel.

Between May 1 and 6, the accused raped the girl in a room of the same hotel.Rohaizat will have to serve 80 years in all – 20 years for the first two charges (both to run concurrently) and 20 years each for the other three (to run consecutively).

Rohaizat, dressed in a dark grey jacket, remained calm and showed little or no expression. His wife, who was present at the court, also showed no expression as the judge read out the sentence.

Ainul Shahrin allowed a stay of execution of the sentences pending appeal in the High Court. Bail was set at RM100,000 with one local surety and the accused was told to surrender his passport and report to the police in Bukit Aman on the 1st and 15th of each month.The judge agreed with Deputy Public Prosecutor Azeezi Nordin that as a senior police officer (aged 52 at the time of the incident), Rohaizat should be a guardian to the public and not otherwise.

Azeezi said: “The victim was 13 years old at the time of incident, she was raped and sodomised by a  52-year-old, it was clearly a total manipulation of an adult against a child.

“The repetitious act of the accused in three months starting from February showed that the accused never consider the victim’s age, emotions and consequences of his action.”

Rohaizat’s lawyer, Zahir Shah, said they would file an appeal against the sentence.

Rohaizat, who is suspended from duties, had served as Setiu police chief briefly and was serving as deputy chief Federal Reserve Unit in Penang when he was charged in Aug 2013.

Counsel Mary Lee was holding a watching brief for the Sabah Women Action Resource Group (SAWO). – The Star Online

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