A college student was caned lightly eight times in front of his parents at the Ampang Sessions Court - File picture
KUALA LUMPUR: A college student was caned lightly eight times in front of his parents at the Ampang Sessions Court here Friday, after he pleaded guilty to raping his girlfriend in November last year.
Ainur Asyriq Aizamuddin, 19, was caned by two officers from the Kajang Prison before Judge Manira Md Nor.
The carrying out of the sentence was also witnessed by several prison officers, a medical doctor, members of the public and the media in the public gallery.
Prior to the punishment, Manira expressed hope that the youth would repent and turn over a new leaf.
"I hope this caning will teach you a lesson. The offence of rape carries a sentence of up to 20 years jail but after considering your age and background the court decided to settle on light caning and a mandatory reporting order," she said.
On Dec 13, 2013, Ainur Asyriq was charged with two counts of raping his girlfriend, who was 15 years old at the time, in a house at Ampang Jaya near here on Nov 29 and Dec 7 of the same year.
He was charged under Section 376 (1) of the Penal Code (Act 574) which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and caning.
On May 14, Manira ordered the accused to undergo a daily four-hour attendance for three months under Section 5(1) of the Offenders Compulsory Attendance Act and a RM6,000 bond with one surety for the first offence.
She also ordered eight strokes of light caning under Section 293 (1)(c) of the Criminal Procedure Code, which was carried out yesterday.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Goh Ai Rene while Ainur Asyriq was represented by lawyers Farhan Read and Dony Abdullah.