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Corpun file 16275

Straits Times, Singapore, 1 August 2005

Re-arrested man gets jail, cane

A SINGAPOREAN man who was re-arrested the moment he left a Johor Baru court after being cleared of drug smuggling, was convicted later that day of entering Malaysia illegally and having a fake identity card.

Goh Keng Hoe, 45, was sentenced to a year and 10 months in jail, and two strokes of the cane.

It is understood that he will be in prison only until the rotan has been administered, because of the time he has already spent in jail waiting for his drug case to be heard.

The renovation contractor was first detained by the Malaysian authorities on July 25, 2001, when 188.5g of amphetamines were found in the car he was driving.

His case was heard last Friday. It is understood that he was in jail until then.

He escaped the death sentence that day as a Malaysian court acquitted him of the drug charges on the grounds that the prosecution had not proven that the car was his.

Goh had barely left the courthouse when he was arrested again.

That day, he pleaded guilty to illegal entry and holding a fake ID.

Corpun file 16296

The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 2 August 2005

Ex-national athlete pleads for whipping in place of jail term

By Cecil Fung

KUALA LUMPUR: He represented the country in a game that tests a man's masculinity but it was jail time that finally pushed former national rugby player Mohd Narshidi Mohd Nor over the limit.

The five months and 15 days spent in remand for five counts of cheating involving RM31,750 was a truly frightening lesson for him, so much so that he did not wish to spend one more day behind bars.

"He suffered great mental trauma while he was under remand and he is now scared of jail sentences.

"He has even written a letter to the court stating that he is willing to undergo whipping as long as he is not served a jail term," said counsel Jasbeer Singh Kaura yesterday after his client pleaded guilty to all the charges.

Mohd Narshidi, 30, who represented Malaysia in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, admitted to committing the offences against Mohd Sharudin Abdullah, 32, Alimi Ahmad, 34, K. Lohanazan, 47, Saiful Izam Bahruddin, 26, and Mazlan Md Yusof, 44, at the 16th floor of Menara Maybank in Jalan Tun Perak around noon on Feb 2.

They five paid him the money after he told them he could get cellphones and laptops for them at a cheaper rate.

Jasbeer Singh, pleading in mitigation, said his client had tried to minimise the victims' losses by delivering some of the items before they lodged a police report.

Prosecuting officer C/Insp Rukumar Ragawan, however, objected to the proposal as the cases involved five different victims who had all suffered losses. He pushed for a sentence that included jail and whipping.

Magistrate Mohd Aimi Zaini Mohd Azhar, who stood down the case for several hours before giving his decision, sentenced Mohd Narshidi to one year's jail and one stroke of the rotan for each of the offences.

He ordered the jail terms to be served concurrently from the date of arrest, which means Mohd Narshidi will have to face another seven months' jail and be caned five times.

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Corpun file 16294

New Sabah Times, Kota Kinabalu, 12 August 2005

18 years for rape

Filipino also ordered to be given 10 strokes of the cane for raping girl, 11

By Nur Adika Bujang

KOTA KINABALU: A Filipino was yesterday jailed 18 years and ordered to be given 10 strokes of the cane for rape.

Sessions Court Judge Ravinthran N. Paramaguru meted out the sentence on 43-year-old Papayes Doheng (pictured right) after a three-day trial that began on Monday.

Papayes was charged under Section 376 of the Penal Code with raping the 11-year-old in November, 2003 at about 12am in Menggatal.

He faced two charges of rape but on Wednesday, the same court had acquitted him of the second charge after the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case.


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