KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court here sentenced two African men to a total of 15 years in jail each after they pleaded guilty to three counts of cheating a 40-year-old man of RM50,000 last year.
In sentencing Guinean Elhadj Ousmane Sylla, 54, and Liberian Togbe Cholopv, 29, to five years' jail for each offence, Judge Akhtar Tahir ordered that the sentences be run concurrently.
He also ordered Cholopv to be given three strokes of the rotan for each of the three convictions.
Sylla and Cholopv admitted to cheating Long Kechik by deceiving him into believing that US dollars contained in a box shown by them needed to be “spiritually cleansed” and cheating him into giving them RM50,000. In return, they promised him cash, a house and a luxury car.
The two men allegedly committed the three offences at Mexico Hotel, Jalan Thambipillay, as well as at Micasa Hotel and Apartments, Jalan Tun Razak, on three separate occasions in March last year.
In his judgment, Akhtar said the offence committed by the two men was serious as they had deceived an innocent man of RM50,000.
S.N. Nair represented the two accused while Deputy Public Prosecutor Fahmi Abd Moin prosecuted.