GEORGE TOWN: A man who was charged with impersonating a Kedah royalty member was acquitted and discharged by a magistrateâ€™s court here without his defence being called.
Magistrate Sri Pracha Nanthini Balabedha ruled that the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case against Roshidi Fadzil, 49, adding that it could not prove that Roshidi cheated complainant, Ooi Ten Seng.
â€œThe prosecution also failed to call the complainant, Ooi, to testify in court. Ooi was a material witness in this case,â€ she added.
Roshidi, 49, was charged with cheating Ooi, 39, by posing as a member of a royal family with the title â€˜Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Putera Roshidi Tunku Hj Fadzilâ€™ at the banquet hall of a hotel in Penang Road at 4.15pm on Oct 23, 2012.
The offence under Section 419 of the Penal Code for cheating by impersonation carries a jail term of up to seven years, a fine or both.
On Feb 10, Roshidi was fined RM2,000 after he admitted to another charge of using a symbol of Pertubuhan Amal Kebajikan Islamiah Malaysia (Pakim Diraja/Serampang Tiga) which has not been approved by the Registrar of Societies at the same time and place.
Outside the courtroom, Roshidi, who was surrounded by family members, told reporters, â€œSaya bukan menyamar (I did not impersonate).â€