KUALA LUMPUR: The chief executive officer of a company was sentenced by a Sessions Court here to two years' jail and ordered to be whipped two times for cheating a sales manager by inducing the latter to hand over three cheques totalling RM150,000 over the purchase of a business plan.
Sessions Judge Norsharidah Awang handed down the decision Friday after the defence failed to prove reasonable doubt in Mohd Syawaludin Siran's case.
Judge Norsharidah also jailed company director Rosinah Ahad for 20 months over the same offence.
She made the order after she found that the defence was a mere denial and an afterthought.
Judge Norsharidah instructed the sentences to run from Friday.
Mohd Syawaludin, 38, and Rosinah, 26, who were the CEO and director of retail network firm Kopais Konsortium (M) Sdn Bhd, were jointly accused of cheating Medicoptic Supplies Sdn Bhd sales manager Noorzita Baharudin, 48.
Both had dishonestly induced Noorzita into believing that they would sell her a 24-hour convenience store, Station Rakyat, at Plaza Usahawan Crystal Ville, Taman Danau Kota in Setapak here.
Their act resulted in Noorzita giving them three cheques totalling RM150,000 which were deposited into a Kopais Konsortium Maybank account in order for her to buy the business plan.
Both committed the offence at Jalan Wangsa Delima 1A, KLSC 3 in Wangsa Maju here at about 11am on Jan 7, last year.
Mohd Syawaludin and Rosinah were charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which provides a maximum of 10 years' imprisonment and whipping and also a fine, on conviction.
In asking for leniency, Mohd Syawaludin and Rosinah's counsel Mohd Zawahid Ya said Mohd Syawaludin was now a free lance consultant and had four children to support while Rosinah was currently a student.
Deputy public prosecutor Noor Svetlana Mohd Noor Nordin said the court should consider public interest in handing down the sentences as it involved a cheating case that was so professional.
She said the victim was still traumatised following the incident as the RM150,000 was her savings.
Judge Norsharidah later granted a stay of execution pending appeal.