Diving coach freed of rape charge

National diving squad coach Huang Qiang was acquitted and discharged by the Sessions Court here today on a charge of raping a national diver without calling for his defence. — Bernama pic
National diving squad coach Huang Qiang was acquitted and discharged by the Sessions Court here today on a charge of raping a national diver without calling for his defence. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR,  April 9 — National diving squad coach Huang Qiang was acquitted and discharged by the Sessions Court here today on a charge of raping a national diver without calling for his defence.

Judge Noradura Hamzah ordered Huang, 36, and from China, to be released after finding that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie in the case.

“The court finds most of the testimony by the victim is merely presumptuous and when compared with the testimony of other witnesses, namely the victim’s cousin and investigation officer in the case, there were material contradictions.

“The failure by the prosecution to call other material witnesses and independent witnesses, namely workers who say the accused and the victim at the time of the incident such as workers shows weakness in the prosecution’s case,” she said.

She said the prosecution also failed to prove that the alleged action by the accused was made without the victim’s consent.

“There was no evidence by the victim on the issue of consent as mentioned during the trial. On the issue of the victim not putting up a struggle because of fear cannot be accepted because the victim herself is strong and fit and capable of fighting to avoid the incident,” she said.

Quang was charged with raping the national diver, then aged 20, at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil, here, at 5.30pm on September 26 last year.

The man, who has obtained Malaysian citizenship, was charged under Section  376(1) of the Penal Code, which provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years and whipping, if found guilty.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Hafizza Sauni, while lawyer Mohd Hisham Md Nen represented Quang.

A total of 15 prosecution witnesses testified during the hearing of the case which began last January 19. — Bernama

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