Worker denies charges, remanded pending trial
Posted on August 9, 2012, Thursday
KUCHING: A general worker charged with robbery, intimidation, possessing of ‘Kuan Tau’ and mischief claimed trial at the Sessions Court here yesterday.
Mohamad Noorhairel Bujang, 32, from Kampung Tanah Hitam in Lundu pleaded not guilty to the charge before Judge Dayang Ellyn Narissa Abang Ahmad who released him on RM10,000 bail in two sureties pending further mention of the case on Sept 10.
The court also set Oct 29, Nov 14 and 16 for trial.
Also, as part of bail, Noorhairel was ordered to deposit RM8,000 with the court which he could not furnish.
He was therefore ordered to be detained in prison pending trial.
For the first charge, Noorhairel allegedly robbed RM200 from one Ling Ung Chai at a seafood restaurant in Sematan about 4pm on May 29.
He allegedly used ‘Kuan Tau’ sword to intimidate his victim and also uttered harsh word ‘Kalau you report polis, saya kena tangkap, nanti saya keluar penjara saya datang lagi carik kamu’ at the same time and place with the first offence.
As for the third charge, he allegedly possessed a sharp weapon at the same time, place and day of the incident.
He was also accused of committing mischief (running amok and slashing the cash register and tables) in the restaurant with a weapon.
Estimated loss of property belonging to the restaurant was RM300.
Armed robbery comes under Section 392 of the Penal Code and punishable under the same section which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in jail and liable to a fine or whipping on conviction.
The second charge comes under Section 506 of the same code which carries a maximum two years’ jail and whipping.
The third charge comes under Section 6(1) of the Corrosive, Explosive Substances and Dangerous Weapons Act 1958 which carries a jail of not more than two years and whipping.
Mischief comes under Section 427 of the Penal Code which provides a jail term of not more than two years or with fine or with both.
On March 17, Noorhairel was also charged in court for allegedly committing four similar offences but involving different complainant also in Sematan on March 10. He denied all allegations.
The cases are still pending for trial in other Sessions Court and he was released on a bail.
Judge Dayang Ellyn ordered all his cases to be jointly tried before Judge Timothy Finlayson Joel.
DPP Shamira Khalili prosecuted while Francis Teron was the defence counsel.