Man in Kuching jailed three months for impersonating police officer


A policeman escorts Salidan in the Kuching Court Complex following sentencing.

KUCHING (June 22): The Magistrates’ Court here today sentenced a man to three months in jail for impersonating a police officer in May this year.

Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi convicted Salidan Mohamad, 40, on his own guilty plea to a charge framed under Section 170 of the Penal Code.

The Section provides for a maximum two years’ jail or a fine, upon conviction.

Zubaidah also ordered for Salidan’s jail sentence to start from today.

He committed the offence in front of an eatery in Satria Jaya BDC around 10pm on May 22.

According to the case’s facts, a 21-year-old male victim was seated in his car when Salidan approached him claiming to be a police officer.

Also at the scene were several other men believed to be his accomplices.

Salidan threatened to send the victim to a police station and demanded the victim surrender his money.

He left the scene in the victim’s car after having taken the victim’s smartphone, MyKad, and ATM cards.

The victim lodged a police report and this led to Salidan’s arrest on May 30.

Salidan was unrepresented by counsel while Insp Nur Syafiqa Nyaie Ilin conducted the prosecution.

In the Sessions Court, Salidan claimed trial to a charge framed under Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang robbery.

Judge Afidah Abdul Rahman fixed Aug 2 for case management and granted RM10,000 bail with two local sureties.

Deputy public prosecutor Iezzah Iburdanisha Ibrahim then informed the court that Salidan is currently serving a six-month prison sentence and had been fined RM6,000 in default four months in prison after he pleaded guilty in the Kota Samarahan Magistrates’ Court on June 7 to causing hurt to his spouse.

The charge was framed under Section 326A of the Penal Code.