Jakarta – Rape suspect Sugeng Slamet, 44, sustained bruises during his first day at the Lumajang detention center in East Java following an attack by his cellmates.
Sugeng was arrested on Monday for allegedly raping his 19-year-old daughter. Sugeng reportedly raped his daughter 50 times in the past three years.
However, on Monday, the victim reported him to the Senduro police following an attempt to take the victim to a hotel. It is also said that Sugeng has five wives, although only one remains in Indonesia while the rest are working abroad as migrant workers. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years' imprisonment and a Rp 5 billion (US$351,520) fine for violating Article 81 of Law No. 17/2016 on child protection.
Lumajang Police chief Sr. Adj. Comr. Muh. Arsal said that other detainees beat Sugeng during his first night in detention.
"Our officers monitor the cells almost every hour. There is a possibility that the detainees attacked Sugeng while our officers were patrolling other areas," Sugeng said as quoted by Kompas.com on Thursday.
He also added that the detainees may have attacked Sugeng out of anger for his alleged crime. To prevent another attack, the police separated Sugeng from other detainees by putting him in an isolated cell. (dpk)