Lawyer charged with criminal intimidation

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  • Wednesday, 22 Jan 2003

SEPANG: A lawyer was charged in the magistrate’s court yesterday with two counts of criminally intimidating a witness during a trial and intentionally interrupting a magistrate in the course of a judicial proceeding. 

P. Uthayakumar claimed trial to the offence of criminally intimidating G. Ponaiya by threatening him with the words, “You watch out, I will fix you, we (will) fix you” at the Sepang magistrate’s court on Sept 3. 

He also denied a second charge of intentionally insulting magistrate Norazmi Mohd Narawi at the inquest into the death of S. Tharmarajen. 

The charge stated that Norazmi had ordered Uthayakumar to be quiet and warned he would be ordered to leave the court if he refused.  

The lawyer had allegedly told the magistrate he would not leave and would continue talking. Uthayakumar allegedly committed the offence at the same place, date and time. 

The 41-year-old lawyer also claimed trial to a second alternative charge of interrupting Norazmi during the same proceedings, by the same alleged conduct, causing the magistrate to postpone the proceedings at the same place, date and time. 

Uthayakumar’s counsel M. Manoharan made several complaints to the magistrate on the manner his client was arrested and detained. 

Norazmi, who raised his voice at Manoharan’s insistence of placing his complaint on record, then fixed bail at RM4,000 for the two charges and set Feb 20 for mention. 

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