Welfare home rape: Caretaker remanded for 7 days (Updated)

The suspect is brought out of the Ampang magistrate's court, on Jan 23, 2018. — Sunpix by Amirul Syafiq Mohd Din
The wife of the suspect is led out of the Ampang magistrates court, on Jan 23, 2017. — Sunpix by Amirul Syafiq Mohd Din

PETALING JAYA: The remand order on a welfare home caretaker who was arrested by Selangor police last week for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl and molesting another child, was extended by a week today by the Ampang magistrate's court to facilitate further investigations into the case.

The 55-year-old man who was brought in by police in the morning, has been held in their custody since Jan 17 on a week-long remand order.

His 29-year-old wife who was also a caretaker of the home that provided shelter for orphaned and underprivileged girls was also arrested to assist in the probe.

The woman was also brought to the Ampang magistrate's court today at the same time, where her earlier remand order was extended by another six days.

The couple who do not have children of their own were hired as caretakers of the home that housed girl between the ages of 10 and 12.

Selangor police CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said investigations are ongoing and police are in the midst of recording statements from witnesses.

Asked if the suspect's wife will face action for abettment or concealing the alleged sexual assaults of the victims, he responded, "All these will depend on the outcome of our investigations."

It is learnt that the woman was aware of her husband's alleged attacks on the children, but had turned a blind eye to it.

Police reports were lodged in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor against the caretaker by two 12-year-old girls – one who alleged she was molested by the suspect in Jinjang and the other, who is an inmate of the welfare home in Ampang, alleged she was raped on several occasions by the man.

It is learnt that a third victim, another girl at the home was also subjected to sexual assault.

For over a year since the centre began its operations, the suspected paedophile had allegedly molested, captured nude photos of the girls and peeped on them when they bathed on numerous occasions.

The Selangor sexual crimes, domestic violence and child abuse investigations division (D11) is interviewing other inmates of the home at the child-interview-centre (CIC) to acertain if they too had suffered the same fate.