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KUALA LUMPUR – The defence of being drunk when he hugged his friend’s wife with intention to molest did not help M. Rengasamy, who was handed a four-month jail sentence by the Magistrate’s Court here today.

The tour bus driver had committed the offence at the 32-year-old victim’s home in Cheras here at 6.20am on Feb 26.

The accused, agd 31, was charged under Section 354 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years or a fine or caning or any two of the punishments.

Magistrate Saifulakmal Said ordered Rengasamy who had pleaded guilty to the charge to serve the sentence from his date of arrest on Feb 26.

In mitigation, Rengasamy, who was unrepresented, pleaded for a lenient sentence saying he was drunk at the time and thought he was at his own home.

He expressed remorse over his action.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Raihanah Abd Razak pressed for a deterent sentence saying a jail term would serve as a warning to others. – Bernama


A Malaysian national was jailed for three years and ordered to be given three strokes of the cane on Thursday for molesting an 11-year-old boy.

Lee Kok Long, 26, pleaded guilty to pushing the 11-year-old boy into a toilet cubicle and grabbing his private parts at Fuchun Community Club in Woodlands on Dec 7 last year.

He also admitted to stealing two mobile phones worth S$496 (RM1277) from a unit at Block 314 Woodlands Street 31 about eight months earlier.

The court heard that Lee was in the club’s toilet when he peeped through a hole in the partition and saw the victim.

When the boy came out, Lee pushed him back in, closed the door and molested him. The boy ran away, and told his father what had happened at home.

They looked for Lee and the boy spotted him at the void deck of a block of flats in Woodlands Street 31. The father confronted Lee and called the police.

In April last year Lee had been walking along the flat corridor in the early hours of the morning when he saw, through an open door, a man asleep with two phones on another bed nearby.

He managed to get his hands on the phones with a 1.5m rod.

Lee sold one of the phones for S$550 (RM440), while the other was recovered when he was arrested.

He could have been jailed for up to 10 years and caned for wrongfully restraining and molesting a person under 14 years old. For theft, the maximum penalty is seven years jail and a fine. – The Straits Times/ANN