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Corpun file 15466

New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 8 April 2005

Jail for sodomist and rapists

KOTA KINABALU, Apr 6: A scrap metal collector was sentenced to 20 years in jail and ordered to be given four strokes of the rotan for sodomising two boys and attempting to sodomise a third.

Sessions Court Judge Caroline Bee Majanil passed the sentence after Saini Ruslan, 23, pleaded guilty to the three separate charges.

The first charge under Section 511 of the Penal Code was for the attempted sodomy of a 10-year-old boy in Kampung Muhibbah, Beaufort on March 2.

Saini was sentenced to five years jail and one stroke of the rotan for committing the offence.

The second and third charges, under Section 377 (c) of the Penal Code was for sodomising a 14-year old boy and his 13-year-old brother at a rubbish dump site in Kampung Muhibbah in October last year.

Judge Caroline sentenced Saini to seven years and one stroke of the rotan on the second charge and eight years and two strokes on the third charge.

In another case, two men were sentenced to 15 years and nine years jail respectively for incest and rape.

Sessions Court Judge Ravinthran Paramaguru sentenced a farmer after he pleaded guilty to raping and sodomising his nine-year-old stepdaughter on Feb 8.

The farmer will also be given 10 strokes of the rotan.

Another man was sentenced to nine years jail for raping a woman who later gave birth to a baby boy.

Musni Mokrin, 61, who pleaded guilty, committed the crime at the Padas river bank in Kampung Jempangah, Beaufort, in May 2002.

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Corpun file 15537

Malay Mail, Kuala Lumpur, 15 April 2005

75 years for forging cheques

By Jothi Jeyasingham

KUALA LUMPUR: An assistant financial manager was yesterday sentenced to a total of 75 years in jail for forging 15 cheques amounting to RM175,794. However, Mohd Reazal Mohd Yassin, 31, has to serve only five years as Sessions Court Judge Mariah @ Maliah Ahmad ordered that the five-year sentence for each of the 15 charges, to run concurrently.

In sentencing, Mariah said she took into consideration that cheque forgery had become rampant, resulting in huge losses.

"Even though the accused pleaded guilty and the case did not go to trial, I have to take into account public interest," she said.

This is not Mohd Reazal's first conviction.

On Wednesday, the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court sentenced him to nine years' jail and six strokes of the rotan after he pleaded guilty to three charges of cheating.

Sessions Judge Nurmala Salim sentenced him to three years and two strokes of the rotan for each of the three charges, and ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

The accused committed the offence by deceiving the director of Teliti Computers Sdn Bhd, where he was employed, to hand three cheques worth a total of RM54,000, to Oraska Management Services for a non-existent business deal.

The offences were committed on April 3, 23, and May 14, 2001 involving three cheques worth RM18,000 each.

Mohd Reazal had taken 15 cheques from Teliti Computers and forged the signatures of his company directors between July 24, 2001 and June 28, 2002. He later cashed the cheques at the Affin Bank branch in Wisma Pahlawan in Jalan Sultan Ismail.

None of the bank officers suspected the cheques were forged, as the accused was someone they had dealt with, by virtue of his position in the company.

Throughout yesterday's proceedings, Mohd Reazal appeared calm, and even managed a smile for his family members after sentencing.

It was a different picture all together, where his loved ones were concerned.

His mother was seen dabbing her eyes before court convened and during mitigation, while other relatives looked anxious and tense.

In mitigation, counsel Abdul Halim Bahari said Mohd Reazal was not a hardened criminal, and was sorry for what he had done.

He also said the accused has three children aged eight, six and two, who needed the love and care of a father.

Abdul Halim urged the court to mete out a concurrent jail term for the 15 offences.

DPP Geethan Ram Vincent, however, stressed the seriousness of the offence, and urged the court to mete out a deterrent sentence which would be a lesson to the accused and other would-be offenders.

The DPP also told the court that Mohd Reazal had committed a well-planned and calculated crime.

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Corpun file 15621

New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 29 April 2005

Bomoh jailed 10 years for second rape

By Shahrum Sayuthi

KUANTAN, Thurs. —  A bomoh raped a 14-year-old girl while appealing his sentence against raping a woman several years earlier.

Today, he was sentenced to 10 years’ jail and ordered to be given four strokes of the rotan by the Sessions Court.

Before the sentence was handed down, Abdul Rahman Muhammad, 42, asked the court for a lenient sentence, saying that he had to look after his two wives, 11 children and elderly parents.

He will begin serving this sentence after completing punishment for raping a woman in 1993. The Johor Baru Sessions Court sentenced him to eight years’ jail and four strokes of the rotan for that crime.

Rahman was on bail pending his appeal when he raped the girl at a house in Felda Lepar Hilir 1, Gambang, between April 1 and April 30 in 2001.

Sentencing him today, Sessions Court judge Mariana Yahya ordered the 10-year term to begin after the expiry of the eight-year term.

Rahman being taken back to the Sg Buloh prison after sentencing yesterday

"It is your right to appeal against the conviction but you have to do so through the prison authorities within the next 10 days," she said.

Mariana earlier ruled that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The girl, who had gone missing from her home in Janda Baik on March 10, 2001, was said to have been taken to the bomoh by a man for a ritual called tarik duit (acquiring money through supernatural means).

After allegedly raping her, the accused left the girl at the Bukit Tinggi police station on May 10, 2001.

When she returned home, she was sent for a medical check-up at a clinic where it was confirmed that she had been raped.

A police report was then lodged by her mother, and the accused was arrested two days later at a house in Kampung Baru, Beserah.

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Corpun file 15697

New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 30 April 2005

Nigerians get jail, rotan over molest

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 29: Two unemployed Nigerians were today sentenced to three years' jail and ordered to be given three strokes of the rotan each for molesting a woman in January.

The duo were also jailed four months and are to be whipped twice for not having proper travel papers.

Magistrate Nazran Mohd Sham ordered the jail terms to run consecutively.

The two, Kingsley Chidozie Ezech, 21, and Okechukwu Kelechi, 35, had pleaded guilty to molesting a 29-year-old salesgirl in Jalan Pudu near the Pudu Raya bus terminal about 3.30pm on Jan 12.

They were also charged with violating the Immigration Act for not possessing any travel documents.

They claimed trial when they were produced in court on Jan 20, but changed their plea when the case was mentioned again today.

According to the fact sheet, the duo, with another Nigerian still at large, had approached the woman by the roadside and fondled her.

Prosecuting officer Chief Inspector R. Rukumar asked the court to pass an appropriate punishment as the two had molested the woman in public.

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