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INCEST CASE: Tapper's 75-Year Term Cut To 30

18 Nov

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal reminded trial judges to be guided by the law in imposing punishments against those convicted.

“One should not be blinded by emotion and react vengefully,” said Court of Appeal judge Datuk Suriyadi Halim Omar.

He said under the criminal justice system, all accused persons were entitled to a fair trial and sentenced according to law.

The judge made the remark in allowing a rubber tapper’s appeal for a reduced jail term and rotan for five counts of incest on his stepdaughter.

Suriyadi, who sat with Datuk Wan Adnan Muhamad and Datuk Ahmad Maarop, said the tapper’s act was “cannibalistic in nature”.
“You behaved like an animal. Instead of protecting her, you had sexual intercourse with the girl since she was young and until she gave birth,” he said.

Suriyadi said the appeal court was angry over his act, but it was bound by the law.

“You are lucky. The law is not as evil as you are,” said Suriyadi.

The accused, who had five children of his own and two step children, pleaded for his sentences to run concurrently.

The Sessions Court in 2004 sentenced him to 15 years’ jail on each count, with the sentences to run consecutively, and 10 strokes of the rotan for each count. He pleaded guilty to all five charges.

This meant he would have to serve a total of 75 years’ jail term and 50 strokes of the rotan.

The High Court upheld the sentence.

Suriyadi said it was illogical for the tapper to serve a 75-year jail term as he was now 48 years old.

“It is not possible for him to come out of prison alive after serving the sentence. The prison term imposed must be logical even if one is angry with him.”

Wan Adnan remarked that the long term amounted to the tapper serving a natural life imprisonment.

The appellate court then ordered the accused to be sentenced 15 years’ jail and four strokes of the rotan on the first count, and another 15 years and five strokes on the second, with the sentences to run consecutively.

Suriyadi sentenced him to 15 years’ jail and five strokes on each of the remaining three counts, to run concurrently with the first and second counts.

This means he will now serve a 30-year jail term and receive a total of 24 strokes of the rotan.

The Criminal Procedure Code only empowers the court to impose a maximum 24 strokes of the rotan on a convicted person.

The tapper, who is a Thai national, committed the offences at a house in a village in Kuala Kerai, Kelantan, between June 2001 and November 2003.

The tapper first committed the act when the girl was 13 years old and his act came to light after she gave birth to a baby boy on July 22, 2004.

The girl’s mother lodged a police report that led to the man’s arrest six days later.

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INCEST CASE: Tapper’s 75-Year Term Cut To 30

18 Nov

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal reminded trial judges to be guided by the law in imposing punishments against those convicted.

“One should not be blinded by emotion and react vengefully,” said Court of Appeal judge Datuk Suriyadi Halim Omar.

He said under the criminal justice system, all accused persons were entitled to a fair trial and sentenced according to law.

The judge made the remark in allowing a rubber tapper’s appeal for a reduced jail term and rotan for five counts of incest on his stepdaughter.

Suriyadi, who sat with Datuk Wan Adnan Muhamad and Datuk Ahmad Maarop, said the tapper’s act was “cannibalistic in nature”.
“You behaved like an animal. Instead of protecting her, you had sexual intercourse with the girl since she was young and until she gave birth,” he said.

Suriyadi said the appeal court was angry over his act, but it was bound by the law.

“You are lucky. The law is not as evil as you are,” said Suriyadi.

The accused, who had five children of his own and two step children, pleaded for his sentences to run concurrently.

The Sessions Court in 2004 sentenced him to 15 years’ jail on each count, with the sentences to run consecutively, and 10 strokes of the rotan for each count. He pleaded guilty to all five charges.

This meant he would have to serve a total of 75 years’ jail term and 50 strokes of the rotan.

The High Court upheld the sentence.

Suriyadi said it was illogical for the tapper to serve a 75-year jail term as he was now 48 years old.

“It is not possible for him to come out of prison alive after serving the sentence. The prison term imposed must be logical even if one is angry with him.”

Wan Adnan remarked that the long term amounted to the tapper serving a natural life imprisonment.

The appellate court then ordered the accused to be sentenced 15 years’ jail and four strokes of the rotan on the first count, and another 15 years and five strokes on the second, with the sentences to run consecutively.

Suriyadi sentenced him to 15 years’ jail and five strokes on each of the remaining three counts, to run concurrently with the first and second counts.

This means he will now serve a 30-year jail term and receive a total of 24 strokes of the rotan.

The Criminal Procedure Code only empowers the court to impose a maximum 24 strokes of the rotan on a convicted person.

The tapper, who is a Thai national, committed the offences at a house in a village in Kuala Kerai, Kelantan, between June 2001 and November 2003.

The tapper first committed the act when the girl was 13 years old and his act came to light after she gave birth to a baby boy on July 22, 2004.

The girl’s mother lodged a police report that led to the man’s arrest six days later.

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Your Health: No Wings Or Strings Attached

1 Nov

Angela Shelton, who has been using Instead Softcup for eight years, says she can be active for 12 hours straight.

FOR over 70 years, women all over the world have relied on pads and tampons to take care of their menstrual needs.

But now, a new invention is promising to empower women to live life to the fullest everyday of the month, no wings or strings at t a c h e d .

The Instead Softcup is said to replace all other menstrual care and protection products.

Launched last week in Malaysia, the Softcup is a clean and convenient SALTWATER nasal sprays, warm compresses and other do-it-yourself remedies can help lessen the misery of inflamed sinuses, according to experts at the Mayo Clinic.

Writing in the Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource, they detail some of the steps people can take on their own to battle sinusitis.

Sinusitis refers to inflammation in the sinuses, the air-filled cavities that surround the nose and nasal passages.

Symptoms include pain and pressure in the forehead, cheeks and area around the eyes; nasal congestion and discharge; ear pain; and reduced sense of taste and smell.

Sinusitis often begins when a cold, which is caused by a virus, leads to inflammation in the lining of the sinuses.

Sometimes, this leads to a bacterial infection, which then creates a longer bout of sinusitis-last – ing longer than 10 to 14 days.

Other causes of sinusitis include allergies, a deviation in the wall between the nostrils (deviated septum) and harmless growths called nasal p o l y p s.

Sinusitis caused by a virus typically clears up on its own. But when symptoms last longer than 10 to 14 days, a secondary bacterial infection is often the culprit, according to the exper ts.

In such cases, antibiotics may be necessary. There are, however, simple do-it-yourself methods for easing sinusitis misery.

One measure is to use saline (saltwater) washes or sprays to flush out the nasal passages, removing thick secretions and allowing the sinuses to drain.

Drinking plenty of fluids also helps drain the sinus cavities by diluting m u c u s.

A little warmth may also help. This can mean “steaming” the sinuses by covering your head with a towel as you breathe in steam from a bowl of hot water, or placing warm, damp towels on the face, over the sinus cavi t i e s.

Finally, avoid drinking and smoking.

Alcohol can worsen the swelling in the sinus cavities, while cigarette smoke – including secondhand smoke — further irritates the nasal passages. – Reuter s method of feminine hygiene.

How does it work? The menstrual flow comes out of the uterus through a very small opening in the cervix.

The rim of the cup is lodged between the pubic bone and the back of the vagina.

It collects the menstrual flow internally and is designed to fit easily and comfor tably.

It has the capacity to hold twice as much menstrual flow compared to tampons and offers a maximum wear of up to 12 hours.

It’s also said to reduce dampness, reduce odour and allow normal physical activities such as swimming, running, traveling and even sexual intercour se.

“Softcup is entering a new horizon in its bid to make ladies more comfor table.

“But in the Malaysian setting, to insert something into the vagina is something alien to our culture.

“However, women need to conquer their fear and try to be comfortable,” says deputy health minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad.

The product has already made waves in Hong Kong and China and it’s going to be introduced in more than 30 countries over the next few years.

Certified sexuality educator, counsellor, researcher and secretary general of the World Association for Sexual Health Dr Beverly Whipple says the Softcup is absolutely necessary and that there’s simply no two ways about it.

“For 70 years, women who used tampons have had to live with the fear of toxic shock syndrome (TSS).

“Those who used sanitary pads risked health ailments from the dioxin used in the sanitary pads.

“Better absorbent tampons and pads don’t necessarily mean that it’s better for women. The use of these menstrual care products has raised some health concerns “W h at ‘s unique about this product is that it collects, and doesn’t absorb.

“It also gives women the freedom to swim, fly, travel, take part in sporting activities and even have sexual intercourse.” Laboratory studies, she says, have shown that the Softcup doesn’t promote the growth of bacteria.

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecological oncologist Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz says women should be aware of their anatomy.

“I’ve heard stories of school girls thinking they’re going to bleed to death when they get their period.

“Some think that their cervix is in their chest, others think their uterus is behind their spleen.

But let’s not talk just about women, men are even worse when it comes to knowing their anatomy.” There needs to be continuous education and publicity, he says, so that women do not fear probing into their anatomy.

“In 1982, when I was practicing, women never wanted to open up and tell me what was wrong with them. They expected me to g u e s s.

“But now, they walk into my office with a whole list of problems that they want me to fix.

“Malaysian women are beginning to understand their bodies better.” It is timely, he says, that a safe alternative for menstrual protection is introduced in Malaysia.

“Having received feedback and observed the use of the product among women, it is found to be not harmful to women’s internal tissues and doesn’t promote infection.

“There is no age limitations on its use and it is suitable for all women, even virgins.

“The human vagina is very accommodating.

“If a woman knows how to relax and feel comfortable with herself, there won’t be any problem in inserting this new product.” Although Dr Abdul Aziz hasn’t seen any woman who has suffered from TSS, he says that it’s very possible.

“It can happen. Menses is an excellent food for bacteria. Although bacteria plays its part in controlling the acidity level of the vagina, it can also be absorbed into the body’s c i r c u l at i o n .

“Many women who come to me complain about losing their tampons. Usually while taking out the tampon, they accidentally snap the thread. It’s very common.” He says the Softcup eliminates that problem. It will not only make women feel healthier, but it will empower them to live a more fulfilling life.

Actress, filmmaker, writer and director Angela Shelton is an eight-year user of the product.

She said the first time she used the Softcup, it felt weird, but now she refuses to use anything else.

“It doesn’t involve any acrobat action to put it into your cervix. And once it’s in, you don’t even feel it.

“I’m very much an outdoor person, I love to hike and run. Now, I can be active for 12 hours straight without worrying.” Angela says she started using the Softcup because her friend had contracted TSS.

“I’ve left a tampon in a glass for two hours and was shocked to see how dirty the water had become.

“Can you imagine what had been going into your body?” The Softcup will be available here soon.

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Britons Sentenced To Jail In Dubai For Beach Sex

16 Oct

DUBAI: A Dubai court sentenced two Britons to three months in prison on Thursday and ordered their subsequent deportation for having sex on a beach in the booming Muslim Gulf emirate.

Michelle Palmer, 37, and Vince Acors, 34, were found guilty of having sex in a public place in the early hours of July 5 after drinking heavily.

Both are still free on bail and were not in court to hear the verdict in the highly publicised case.

The defence said it would appeal, although the relatively moderate ruling showed that they only committed an indecent act in public and did not actually have sex.

But the prosecution said there was evidence they did have sexual intercourse and that it might appeal the “light” sentence.

“The sentence is rather light. I expect the prosecution to appeal,” a prosecution official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Under the laws of the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is part, the maximum sentence for sex outside of marriage is one year imprisonment and the minimum is three months, the official said. The same applies for committing an indecent act in public.

“The least they should have got is six months for the first charge (sex) and three months for the second (indecent act in public),” the official said.

Judge Hamdi Abul Khair also fined Palmer and Acors 1,000 dirhams (272 dollars) each for drinking alcohol.

Both Palmer, a publishing executive who has been sacked from her job following the case, and Acors, who was on holiday in Dubai, have been barred from leaving the UAE.

The prosecution official dismissed a suggestion that the judge might have shown leniency because of the defendants’ nationality or to avoid the negative publicity that a harsher sentence could have provoked in Britain – a country that enjoys strong ties with the UAE.

“No way” can there be a link between the sentence and their nationality, he said.

The couple have 15 days to appeal, and defence lawyer Hassan Matar told AFP they would do so “as soon as possible”.

“The verdict shows that the judge was convinced that they did not have sexual intercourse but he punished them for the indecent act of kissing (in public),” Matar said.

When the trial opened on August 12, Palmer denied having sex with Acors, saying they were simply “kissing and hugging”. She has since been undergoing treatment for “depression and anxiety”, according to a medical report handed to the judge last month.

Acors pleaded not guilty to having sex, but a prosecution official was quoted as saying he initially admitted the offence before changing his story.

Matar has insisted that the results of a medical test on Palmer just hours after they were arrested showed “she had not engaged in recent sexual intercourse”, while the medical report for Acors was inconclusive.

The case has received extensive coverage in the British press and turned the spotlight on the lifestyle of British residents of the UAE, around 100,000 of whom live in Dubai.

The booming tourist hub is hugely popular with Britons, and is home to more than 120,000 Britons. It hosts hundreds of thousands of Western residents and tourists, but the city state still adheres to certain strict Islamic rules, and bans sex outside of marriage.

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Naturopathy: Skincare Tips

6 Oct

Q: I HAVE a dull complexion due to dry skin. I have spent a lot on facial products but nothing seems to work for me. Can you please tell me what I can do to overcome this problem?

A: Skin becomes dry when the moisture evaporates faster than it can be replenished and this occurs when the production of sebum, which contains oils that inhibit evaporation, diminishes as skin ages. Poor diet and environmental factors such as exposure to sunlight, frequent contacts with chemicals and excessive bathing with harsh soaps may aggravate the condition.
A good balance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients is essential to maintain healthy looking skin. Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen and connective tissues to firm the skin while vitamin E has been shown to slow down the ageing of tissues. Supplementing your diet with these antioxidant nutrients and evening primrose oil may be a good start. Evening primrose oil provides gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential element of skin structure. GLA is reputed to boost moisture content and strengthen skin cells. Studies have demonstrated that three grammes of evening primrose oil daily improves moisture content, elasticity as well as enhances the structure and function of normal healthy skin.
Avoid extensive use of harsh soaps and detergents. Hot baths or showers and high consumption of caffeinated beverages may also lead to dry skin. You may apply lotions containing aloe vera to restore skin moisture.

Erectile dysfunction

Q: I AM a diabetic patient aged 46 and have been taking medication. During sexual intercourse, I have difficulty in maintaining an erection.
A: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the repeated inability to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse and it is a common problem among men who have diabetes. According to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 35 per cent to 75 per cent of men with diabetes experience ED.
The causes of ED in men with diabetes involve impairment of nerves, blood vessels and muscle function. Excess sugar in blood can damage blood vessels and nerves responsible for erection and inhibit the release of nitric oxide which may hamper blood flow to the penis. You are advised to seek medical help for ED.
Horny goat weed, ginkgo, ginseng, puncture vine, muira puama, withania and damiana are traditional herbs shown to be effective in improving erectile function. The combination of these herbs helps to enhance sexual performance by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the genital areas as well as improves the release of nitric oxide and maintenance of an erection.
Healthy nutrition and lifestyle with good blood sugar control are important measures in the management of ED. Include more whole-grains, fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Other nutrients like alpha lipoic acid may help reduce nerve damage due to chronic elevated blood sugar in the body.

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'Rape Victim' May Be Charged For False Report

24 Sep

KUCHING: A 19-year-old woman may be charged in court for lodging a false police report that she was raped last year.

There’s a possibility of this happening as Sessions Court judge Amelati Pernell acquitted painter Mohd Fahmi Abdullah alias Jong Joon Onn of raping the woman.

He was alleged to have committed the offence at an unnumbered building at Jalan Sungai Padungan here between 2am and 2.15am on July 28 last year.

The judge, in her ruling, said the police report was false.

“How can the charge against the accused stand when the report is false?” Amelati asked.
“The court leaves it to the police for necessary action to be taken against the complainant.”

She said she found the complainant’s story exaggerated and testimony doubtful.

Amelati said the element of sexual intercourse was not disputed and it was proven by the prosecution but the court had to consider the element of consent.

Amelati said based on the police report, the complainant claimed that she was raped by five men.

“However, during the trial, she said her police report was full of made-up stories and that she was only raped by one person, namely the accused.”

The complainant agreed that her police report was untrue.

Amelati said during the trial the complainant claimed that she was punched and kicked by the accused but according to the medical report, there was no evidence of resistance on the part of the complainant and she suffered no injuries, abrasions or lacerations.

Amelati said the fact that the complainant had to be arrested to attend the trial and she had openly applied twice to withdraw the charge against the accused, showed that she had second thoughts about the case.

Fahmi was defended by Abdul Rahman Hazmi while Assistant Public Prosecutor Nur Nisla Abdul Latif prosecuted.

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‘Rape Victim’ May Be Charged For False Report

24 Sep

KUCHING: A 19-year-old woman may be charged in court for lodging a false police report that she was raped last year.

There’s a possibility of this happening as Sessions Court judge Amelati Pernell acquitted painter Mohd Fahmi Abdullah alias Jong Joon Onn of raping the woman.

He was alleged to have committed the offence at an unnumbered building at Jalan Sungai Padungan here between 2am and 2.15am on July 28 last year.

The judge, in her ruling, said the police report was false.

“How can the charge against the accused stand when the report is false?” Amelati asked.
“The court leaves it to the police for necessary action to be taken against the complainant.”

She said she found the complainant’s story exaggerated and testimony doubtful.

Amelati said the element of sexual intercourse was not disputed and it was proven by the prosecution but the court had to consider the element of consent.

Amelati said based on the police report, the complainant claimed that she was raped by five men.

“However, during the trial, she said her police report was full of made-up stories and that she was only raped by one person, namely the accused.”

The complainant agreed that her police report was untrue.

Amelati said during the trial the complainant claimed that she was punched and kicked by the accused but according to the medical report, there was no evidence of resistance on the part of the complainant and she suffered no injuries, abrasions or lacerations.

Amelati said the fact that the complainant had to be arrested to attend the trial and she had openly applied twice to withdraw the charge against the accused, showed that she had second thoughts about the case.

Fahmi was defended by Abdul Rahman Hazmi while Assistant Public Prosecutor Nur Nisla Abdul Latif prosecuted.

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