KUALA LUMPUR: A South African trader who cheated a local of US$35,000 (RM133,000) by duping him into believing that he could turn green paper into US dollar notes was sentenced to a total of 18 months’ jail and ordered to be whipped once.
Magistrate Aizatul Akmal Maharani sentenced Zulu Ben John, 28, to one year’s jail for inducing Low Whey Siong, 31, to hand over the money to him at a room in Villa Angsana Condominium in Sentul here at 12.30pm on May 27.
He also sentenced John to six months’ jail for having a forged social visit pass on his passport at the same time and place.
John, from Johannesburg, had pleaded guilty to both offences on June 4.
Aizatul Akmal ordered the sentences to run concurrently from the date of arrest.
In mitigation, defence counsel R. Thiruguanam urged the court to pass a lenient sentence as his client was the sole breadwinner of his family.
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