Corpun file 19818
New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 20 November 2007
Convict vents anger on lensmen
By Rita Jong
P. Joseph taking aim at the photographers with his
slipper after the proceedings at the High Court.
SHAH ALAM: A 49-year-old man sent his right
slipper flying towards photographers when he became the centre of
P. Joseph, 49, was trying his best to avoid the flashbulbs but
to no avail.
Luck was certainly not on the mechanic's side as earlier the High
Court had ordered him to serve 10 years' in jail, three more than
what the Klang Sessions Court had meted out for a sodomy charge.
In the appeal by the prosecution yesterday, judicial commissioner
Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim allowed deputy public prosecutor
Muhammad Iskandar Ahmad's application to enhance the sentence.
In his submission, Muhammad Iskandar said the sentence meted by
the lower court did not reflect the severity of the offence.
Joseph, however, admitted his mistake and said he had
"I have been suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes,
epilepsy and heart ailments for the past five years," he
said, pleading with the court not to increase his jail term.
Abang Iskandar then asked: "You committed the offences even
though you were ill?"
With that, he set aside the Sessions Court ruling and increased
the jail term to 10 years. Abang Iskandar, however, upheld the
three strokes of the rotan imposed on Joseph by the lower court.
On June 1, Joseph was sentenced to seven years' jail and ordered
to receive three strokes of the rotan after he pleaded guilty to
sodomising a 19-year-old male student. The jail term was to run
from the date of his arrest on May 15.
Joseph admitted to committing the offence in a hut near a train
station in Klang at 5.30pm on May 14.
Based on the facts, Joseph knew the victim, who was then working
at a 7-Eleven store nearby. They went out for a meal but he later
sodomised the student. Joseph then threatened the victim, saying
that he had a lot of weapons.
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Corpun file 19817
New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 23 November 2007
43 years' jail, rotan for pimping, sexual abuse
By Jason Gerald John
MALACCA: A 32-year-old man will spend 43
years in jail for offences including procuring a 14-year-old girl
for purposes of prostitution and causing miscarriage without the
girl's consent. Baharudin Sidek, from Air Paabas in Alor Gajah,
was also ordered by the Sessions Court yesterday to be given 20
strokes of the rotan and fined RM50,000.
He pleaded guilty to four charges, one under the Child Act and
three under the Penal Code. The charges were:
- procuring the Form two girl for purposes of prostitution;
- causing miscarriage without the girl's consent;
- living on the earnings of the prostitution of another person;
- inserting an object into the girl's vagina without her consent.
The offences were committed at a house in Taman Hilir in Ujong
Pasir here between July and Sept 8.
For procuring the girl for purposes of prostitution Baharudin was
sentenced to 10 years' jail, while for causing miscarriage he was
sentenced to eight years' jail and fined RM20,000 or two years'
He was sentenced to 15 years' jail and 10 strokes of the rotan
for living on immoral earnings and 10 years' jail, 10 strokes and
RM30,000 fine or two years' jail for inserting an object into the
Baharudin, unemployed, has skin cancer and is a HIV carrier. He
was first charged at Ward C3 of the Melaka General Hospital on
Sept 24 as he was admitted to the hospital.
Baharudin's girlfriend, Norshapinah Mohamad, 22, from Paya
Rumput, jointly faced with him two of the charges - procuring the
girl for prostitution and causing miscarriage without the girl's
consent. She was also charged with living on the earnings of the
prostitution. She claimed trial to all the charges.
Judge Kamaruddin Kamsun fixed Jan 23 and 24 for hearing.
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Corpun file 19806
New Sunday Times, Kuala Lumpur, 25 November 2007
15 years for forging papers
By Deborah Loh
PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Court sentenced
a 37-year-old Indonesian man to 15 years in jail and fined him
RM60,000 for falsifying work permits and social visit passes. He
was also sentenced to six strokes of the rotan. This was the
harshest sentence ever meted out for this kind of offence.
Because the sentences will run concurrently, Ramadhan Adjie
Mohamad will only serve six years.
Ramadhan, who sold the forged permits and social visit pass
stickers for RM3,000 each, was charged with forgery under the
Immigration Act 1959 and the Passport Act 1966.
The offence under the Immigration Act states that any person who
makes, forges or alters an endorsement or document to be used as
a visa, pass or certificate, is liable to a fine of not less than
RM30,000 or to a jail term of not less than five but not more
than 10 years, and six strokes of the rotan.
Judge Ruzina Ayub of the Immigration Court at the Semenyih
detention centre meted out the punishment.
In a separate case, Ruzina sentenced another Indonesian,
33-year-old Nurandi, to 48 months in jail for possession of 108
passports belonging to others.
Both Nurandi and Ramadhan were arrested on Nov 10 in an
Immigration Department sweep.
Immigration enforcement chief Datuk Ishak Mohamed said the
department had received information through Rela from foreign
workers who had been duped by the two.
A taxi driver who is a Rela volunteer had picked up a passenger
who told him of Ramadhan and Nurandi's illegal activities.
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Corpun file 19812
The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 27 November 2007
Ex-construction workers gets 10 years, 10 strokes of rotan
By Chan Li Leen
IPOH: A former construction worker was sentenced to 10 years'
jail for possessing 428g of cannabis in Manjung five years
S. Mahendran, 33, who is to serve the sentence from the date
of his arrest on March 3, 2002, was also ordered to be given 10
strokes of the rotan by High Court judge Justice Muhamad Ideres
Mahendran, who was facing trial for drug trafficking, had
pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of drug possession when it was
offered to him Tuesday.
He was said to have committed the offence at the 27th
kilometre of the Ipoh-Lumut Road at about 3.30am on the day he
According to the facts of the case, Mahendran was found with
the drugs in a bag slung across his shoulder when stopped at a
roadblock that day.
In pressing for a deterrent sentence, deputy public prosecutor
Ahmad Ishrakh Saad asked the court to take the interest and
welfare of the public into consideration.
The sentence to be meted out, he said, should not only aim to
punish but should be a form of crime prevention and warning to
"The threat of drugs has been declared as the number one
enemy of the country.
"It is a widespread crime, which leads to other forms of
crime like robbery, murder and theft," said Ahmad
The drugs that were in the possession of the accused, he
added, had exceeded over three times the minimum weight provided
under Section 39A(2)(f) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Defence counsel Gurbachan Singh during mitigation said the
drugs that were in the possession of the accused were for his
personal use as he was a drug addict then.
The accused, however, had been completely rehabilitated since
his remand, he said.
"Public interest is served if the offender is given a
second chance to turn over a new leaf," he added.
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