BUTTERWORTH: Four youths claimed trial at the Sessions Courts here to two charges of robbing a 46-year-old businessman and a 21-year-old woman from China at the Penang Bridge rest stop area here.
Two of them also claimed trial to raping the woman, while another denied molesting her.
The four are despatch clerk Wan Noorsaipul Abdullah, 23, factory workers Muhammad Fuzairi Azmi, 23, and Mohamad Kamal Masiran, 25, and unemployed Mohamad Azrul Azlan Mohamad, 19.
They were jointly charged at a Sessions Court here with relieving the woman of her handbag, smartphone, gold chain, gold bracelet, camera, watch, RM1,000 and US$1,000 (RM3,171.55).
At another Sessions Court, they were charged with voluntarily causing hurt to Tang Chin Meng during a gang-robbery where they took his smartphone, RM1,000 and ATM cards.
All four denied committing the offences at 3.30am on Aug 3.
In the first court, DPP Lim Cheah Yit urged the judge not to allow bail, saying it was a serious offence and all four had other charges.
Fuzairi’s counsel V. Guha objected, saying that an accused is innocent until proven guilty and there was no evidence that there would be witness tampering in this case.
The other three, who did not have lawyers, also sought to be allowed bail.
Sessions judge Julie Lack allowed each accused bail at RM8,000.
She also allowed Azrul, who is charged with raping the Chinese national, bail of RM10,000 after he claimed trial to the charge. He was alleged to have committed the offence at a padi field in Sungai Lokan here between 3.30am and 7.07am the same day.
In the other Sessions Court, DPP Fauziah Daud also sought to deny them bail but Sessions judge Roslan Hamid allowed each of them bail at RM10,000. He also set RM10,000 bail for Fuzairi who denied raping the woman.
Wan Noorsaipul is also charged in a court here with using criminal force to outrage the woman’s modesty at a light industrial area in Sungai Lokan at the same time that day.
In the same court, Fuzairi also denied disposing off the woman’s smartphone at a pawnshop in Jalan Sungai Puyu here on Aug 11 in a case handled by DPP Khairul Fairuz Rahman.
Magistrate Muhammad Firdaus Abdul Wahab allowed each of them bail at RM3,000, bringing the total amount of bail set by the courts to RM98,000.
All cases will be mentioned again at the respective courts on Sept 23.
Wan Noorsaipul was then taken to the Bukit Mertajam magistrate’s court and charged with disposing off the woman’s gold chain and bracelet at a pawnshop in Jalan Permatang Rawa here on Aug 11.
Magistrate Nurzafirah Mohamed Ali set bail at RM10,000 and fixed Sept 24 for mention of the case prosecuted by DPP Siti Nor Sakinah Ibrahim.