KAJANG – A lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Magistrate’s Court here today to charges of outraging the modesty of two students of a private institution of higher learning early last month.
On the first charge, A. Micheal, 33, was alleged to have outraged the modesty of a 22-year-old woman by touching her buttocks in front of a condominium in Sungai Long here at 3.30 pm last Nov 1.
The offence carries an imprisonment for up to 10 years, or fine, or whipping, or any two of the punishments, if found guilty.
He was also charged with outraging the modesty of another woman, aged 20, by attempting to touch her breasts, at the same place and on the same day.
The charge, also made under Section 354 of the Penal Code, but read together with Section 511 of the same law, provides an imprisonment for up to five years, or fine, or whipping, or any two of the punishments, if found guilty.
Deputy public prosecutor Natasha Chin Le Jy, who prosecuted, offered bail of RM6,000 on each charge, but Michael, represented by a panel of six lawyers led by Datuk Jerald Gomez, requested for a lower bail on grounds that he was married and had no previous record.
Magistrate Fadzilatul Isma Ahmad Refngah set bail at RM7,800 in one surety on both charges and fixed Dec 9 for mention. – BERNAMA