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JOHOR BAHRU – The Traffic Magistrate’s Court, here, today set June 15 for case management involving a sales girl who was charged with reckless driving, causing a road accident on Feb 18 in which eight teenage cyclists were killed.

Magistrate Siti Hajar Ali set this date for fixing of the case hearing dates after receiving application from the accused’s counsel, Bustaman Menon Abdul Hamid Menon, to peruse the documents handed by the prosecution.

At today’s proceeding, Johor State Prosecution director Roslan Mat Nor, who was assisted by DPP Muhammad Syafiq Mohd Ghazali, informed the court that all the required documents pertaining to the case had been given to the defence.

Roslan also said that the prosecution planned to call 39 witnesses for the case hearing.

Bustaman Menon then asked the court to give one month for him and lawyer Faizal Mokhtar to go through the numerous documents.

​Earlier, the sales girl, Sam Ke Ting, 22, arrived at the court about 8.30 am for case mention.

On March 28, the accused pleaded not guilty when she was charged in the same court with reckless driving, causing the death of eight cycling teenagers at the Middle Ring Road, here, at 3.20 am on Feb 18.

She was charged under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which provides for a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine not exceeding RM20,000, upon conviction. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA – An information technology engineer was fined RM5,000 in default five months in jail by the Magistrate’s Court here today for cruelty to his female Pomeranian dog.

Loo Kah Ann, 28, pleaded guilty to committing the act at Blok C23-13A, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana here, at 8.30pm on Aug 17, 2016.

The charge under Section 44(1)(a) of the Animals Act 1953 read together with the Animal Act (Amended) 2013 carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or imprisonment of up to one year, or both, on conviction.

Magistrate Mohd Azali Ibrahim also issued an order for the dog to be handed over to the Veterinary Services Department.

Earlier, prosecuting officer Mohd Faiz Ajis from the Veterinary Services Department urged the court to impose a sentence “proportional to the accused’s cruel act on his pet”.

In mitigation, Loo, who was unrepresented, said he loved his pet but was angry that it had discharged its urine and faeces indiscriminately.

According to the facts of the case, the dog owner had brought his pet to a veterinary clinic for treatment, and the latter subsequently lodged a report to the department that the animal had been subjected to physical abuse. – BERNAMA

KUANTAN – A married couple were charged in the Sessions Court here with four counts of human trafficking, involving four teenage boys, for exploitation last year.

Muslim Ab Karim, 56, and his wife, Zaleha Mohamad, 54, pleaded not guilty to all the charges before judge Siti Aminah Ghazali.

On Monday, Muslim and Zaleha were charged with 12 simi­lar counts at the Ipoh Sessions Court.

On the first count, the couple were charged with trafficking a 19-year-old for exploitation as a forced labourer at about 11pm on Nov 9 last year at Restoran Kemaman Kopitiam.

For the second, third and fourth charge, Muslim and Zaleha were charged with trafficking three boys, aged between 15 and 17, for exploitation as forced labour at a Petronas petrol station in Tanjung Lumpur, at 11.50pm on the same day.

They were charged under Section 12 and 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

The offence carries a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Jaizah Jaafar Sidek requested the court not to allow bail as both accused would also be charged with similar offences at the Raub Sessions Court today and in the Kota Baru Sessions Court on Sunday.

Muslim and Zaleha were not represented.

The court set June 19 for mention. — BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The compound at the Ampang Court became chaotic for a while today when a woman turned berserk and started screaming after realising press photographers and cameramen taking her pictures.

The woman, Nor Asiah Mohamed Ali, 49, was seen calm and walking to leave the court after her husband paid the RM8,000 fine imposed by the court for abusing her adopted daughter when she noticed the presence of the media members and immediately turned berserk.

Nor Asiah, who was in black robe and wearing the purdah, started to cry and scream until a policewoman went to calm her down and took her away .

Earlier, Sessions Court judge Azrul Darus fined Nor Asiah RM8,000, in default six months jail, after the woman pleaded guilty to a charge of abusing her adopted daughter two years ago.

She had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charge, but changed her plea to guilty after three witnesses testified during hearing of the case.

Nor Asiah was charged with abusing the girl, who was five years and 11 months-old then, at Tadika An-Nur, No 1, Jalan Bukit Indah 2/17, Taman Bukit Indah here, between 2015 and April 8, 2016.

The charge, under Section 3 (1) (a) of the Child Act 2001, provides a fine not exceeding RM20,000, or imprisonment for up to 10 years, or both, if found guilty.

According to the facts of the case, a report was lodged with the Social Welfare Department that the child was bitten and caned by the woman.

In mitigation, lawyer Samry Masri, representing Nor Asiah, said based on a report by Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta, his client was suffering from a major depressive disorder since 2014 due to several factors, including when her husband married another woman.

He said Nor Asiah also regretted her action as her adopted daughter, whom she had cared since the child was two years old, had been taken away from her.

Deputy public prosecutor Noor Fadzlin Abd Zawawi prosecuted. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – A man was ordered to do 120 hours of community service by the Selayang Magistrate’s Court here today after he pleaded guilty to a charge of rioting after a football match between Selangor and Perak in front of the Selayang Stadium last month.

Magistrate Iriane Isabelo also ordered Muhammad Fadzil Fauzi, 21, to pay bond of RM2,000 and to report himself at the Social Welfare Department every month until he had completed the community service.

Last March 7, Muhammad Fadzil pleaded guilty to a charge of participating in the riot, held in front of the Selayang Stadium, at Jalan 2/2 Bandar Baru Selayang at 11.25 pm on March 4.

Jointly charged with him were Syed Imran Syed Mohd Kamarudin, 23; Muhammad Khairy Mohd Kamarulzaman, 18; Adam Kamarudin, 19; Amrail Danial Alias, 20; Noor Amyfarredzuan Zainal Abidin, 32; Azwan Yaacob, 25; Mohamad Mirwanyuzair Yazri, 26, Muhammad Hazman Mohammad, 26, and three teenagers, aged between 15 and 17.

They all pleaded not guilty at the court then set May 30 for mention of the case.

They were charged under Section 147 of the Penal Code which carried an imprisonment for up to two years, or fine, or both, if found guilty.

In mitigation, Muhammad Fadzil said he was remorse and promised not to repeat the mistake.

Deputy public prosecutor Khairul Azhwa Yusrie Mohamad prosecuted. – BERNAMA

ALOR GAJAH – An immigration officer claimed trial in the Sessions Court here today to two sex-related charges and one criminal intimidation charge, involving a Thai woman.

Chua Siong Kiat Frankie, 30, is accused on the first charge, of raping the woman at the immigration depot at Machap Umboo here on March 9 this year, between 1pm and 1.15pm.

He faces a minimum five years and not more than 30 years imprisonment and whipping if convicted, under Section 376(2) of the Penal Code.

On the second charge, Chua allegedly forced the woman to perform a sex act on him against the order of nature, as charged under Section 377C of the Penal Code, which carries a minimum five years and not more than 20 years’ imprisonment on conviction.

He is accused of committing the offence at the same place date and time.

On the third charge, he is accused of criminal intimidation against the woman at the same place, date and time, as charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum imprisonment of two years or a fine or both, on conviction.

Judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob set RM12,000 as bail with one surety for each charge and fixed May 8 and May 9 to record the alleged victim’s statement and to engage a Thai interpreter for the case.

Deputy public prosecutor Ifa Sirrhu Samsudin appeared for the prosecution while the accused was represented by counsel Rengganathan Abdullah. – BERNAMA

KOTA TINGGI – A resort worker was charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today with possession of Daesh-related material.

Mohd Firdaus Saibi, 24, allegedly had in his possession, 29 images and 240 videos of terrorist acts by Daesh in his mobile phone.

He is accused of committing the offence in front of a resort in Kampung Sedili Kecil at 4.20pm on March 21.

The charge under Section 130JB (1)(a) of the Penal Code, carries a maximum imprisonment of seven years or a fine and possible forfeiture of any asset found to have been used in the commission of the offence.

Although Mohd Firdaus admitted to the charge when it was read out to him by the interpreter, the court did not record his plea as the case is under the jurisdiction of the high court.

Magistrate Mazana Sinin set May 21 for remention and advised the accused who was unrepresented, to engage a lawyer, pending transfer of the case to the High Court. Deputy public prosecutor Suhaila Shafi’uddin appeared for the prosecution. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – A former policemen who used violence against his Myanmar girlfriend to get the woman to pay her debts was fined RM3,000, in default four months’ jail, by the Magistrate’s Court here today for extortion.

Magistrate Mahyudin Mohmad Som meted out the fine on Zamzuri Ainul Musli, 48, who pleaded guilty to the charge.

Zamzuri, who is now a Grabcar driver, was charged with extorting RM1,000 from Lum Nyoi, 23, a bar waitress, at a condominium at Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin here at 4 am on Aug 7 last year.

The charge, under Section 384 of the Penal Code, provided an imprisonment for up to 10 years, or with fine, or with whipping, or with any two of such punishments, upon conviction.

In mitigation, Zamzuri, who was not represented, said he regretted his action and had a wife, four children and a father to support.

Deputy public prosecutor Nur Farah Adilah Noordin prosecuted. – BERNAMA

JOHOR BAHRU – The Traffic Court here today fixed May 17 for remention of the case of a saleswoman charged with causing the death of eight male teenage cyclists by reckless driving.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Mohd Nasir at the proceeding today applied for more time, telling the court that the forensic report had not been completed.

The accused, Sam Ke Ting’s lawyer Bustaman Menon Abdul Hamid Menon had no objection to the application and magistrate Salina Omar fixed May 17 for submission of documents.

On March 28, Sam, 22, pleaded not guilty to committing the offence at Jalan Lingkaran Dalam here, at 3.20am on Feb 18.

The charge under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333), carries a maximum 10 years imprisonment and a fine of not more than RM20,000, on conviction.
– BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA – An unemployed man was sentenced to four days’ jail and fined RM1,500, in default two months’ jail, by the Magistrate’s Court here today for causing hurt on a security guard of a housing estate recently.

Magistrate Mohd Azali Ibrahim handed down the sentence on Franklin Andres Harry, 28, who pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was ordered to serve the jail sentence from the date of his arrest, which was last April 7.

Harry was charged with causing hurt on Myanmar national Do Khan Khai, 31, at the guard post at Saujana, Damansara Damai here, at 4.35 pm last April 7.

The charge, under Section 323 of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for up to a year, or fine of up to RM2,000, or both, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Mary Phoon Keat Mee prosecuted, while the accused was unrepresented. – BERNAMA