Evading the press: A relative of Mai Shahira (right, covered with tudung) and Saidina Azzuanira (left) who were sentenced to jail by the Sessions Court in Shah Alam for CBT, flashing his handphone light to prevent the press from taking photographs of the couple.
SHAH ALAM: A former account executive and her husband have been sentenced to a total of 17 years and four months’ jail by the Sessions Court here for four counts of committing criminal breach of trust (CBT) and transferring more than RM600,000.
Sessions judge Noradidah Ahmad meted out the sentences after Mai Shahira Ishak, 37, and Saidina Azzuanira Saidina Othman, 43, pleaded guilty to amended charges.
Judge Noradidah sentenced Mai Shahira to seven years and nine years’ jail for committing CBT involving RM611,857.42 and RM32,040 respectively.
However, she instructed the sentences to run concurrently from yesterday.
Saidina Azzuanira was sentenced to six and 10 months’ jail for transferring RM611,857.42 and RM32,040 each into his company’s account.
Noradidah also ordered the sentences to run concurrently.
As soon as the court was adjourned, Mai Shahira and Saidina Azzuanira hugged their 14-year-old son and other family members who were present in the courtroom.
Earlier in her judgment, Noradidah said she took into consideration their guilty plea, the fact that this was their first offence and that UTI Worldwide (M) Sdn Bhd had failed to get its money back, prompting it to file bankruptcy proceedings against Mai Shahira.
Mai Shahira, who was an account executive at UTI Worldwide and was entrusted with cheques belonging to the company, had committed CBT by making payment via a cheque totalling RM611,857.42 to Mai Trading owned by Saidina Azzuanira which had no dealings with the company she worked with.
The offence was committed at 43-02-01 Lorong Batu Nilam 1A, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang, between Jan 4 and Dec 28, 2012.
The mother of three was also accused of committing CBT involving RM32,040 for the same purpose at the same place from Jan 2 to 30, last year.
Saidina Azzuanira was charged with voluntarily assisting in the transfer of RM611,857.42 to a Hong Leong Bank account belonging to his company Mai Trading knowing it was a stolen property.