Cabby gets 81 months jail, whipping for robbing spree

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  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: A taxi driver's robbing spree has earned him a total of 81 months of jail term and four strokes of the rotan. 

R. Ratnakumar, 30, who was sentenced to 57 months in jail and ordered to be whipped three times by a magistrate's court here last Friday, was yesterday ordered to be jailed another 24 months and whipped once after he admitted to robbing his passengers at knife-point in secluded spots.  

Ratnakumar, from Cheras, who is also a scrap metal seller, robbed his four passengers separately last year. 

Magistrate Sayani Mohd Nor jailed Ratnakumar and ordered him to be caned for robbing manager Nur Shuhada Lim, 31, of her belongings worth RM2,500 at Bukit Bangsar here on July 3, last year. 

Earlier pleading for leniency, counsel Rajpal Singh said Ratnakumar has a wife, a mother and four children to take care of, and is a sole breadwinner. 

However, prosecuting officer Chief Insp Yong Kum Lam asked for an appropriate sentence saying that the accused is currently serving jail term for three previous charges. 

Last Friday, on the first charge of robbing disco deejay Afendie Taha, 29, at a back lane of Jalan Tun Sambanthan on June 5, the accused was jailed 18 months and given one stroke of the cane.  

He was also jailed a further 20 months and given one stroke of the rotan for robbing Hasimah Tirinis, 29, in Brickfields on July 5. For robbing Filipina Sandra Esta Petrasanta on July 12, he was jailed a year and given one stroke of the rotan. 

He also got seven months jail for failing to produce his identity card when arrested on July 16.  

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