KUALA LUMPUR: The four Kuwaiti men who beat up a souvenir shop owner thinking he had sodomised a 10-year-old boy under their charge had wanted to seek out the person responsible for the act.
“Unfortunately, they hit someone else by mistake because, to them, all Chinese men look alike,” the men’s counsel Murugan Y. Rengan told a magistrate’s court yesterday after they pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntarily causing hurt to Lee Say Eng.
Magistrate Normazaida Ahmad Narihan fined Saleh A. Boo Salleh, 29, Abdulaziz F.M.N. Alawadhi, 25, Othman Haha Alkandary, 22, and Jaber H. Gh Kh Jaber, 25, RM400 each, in default one month’s jail.
Under Section 323 of the Penal Code, the men could be jailed up to one year or fined up to RM2,000 or both.
The court was told that Saleh, Abdulaziz, Othman and Jaber dragged Lee, 40, out of his shop at Melia Hotel to the five-foot way where they punched and kicked him without giving him a chance to ask why they were assaulting him.
This went on for several minutes before hotel security guards and staff came to break up the assault.
In mitigation, counsel Murugan pleaded for a light sentence for the four, saying they were all professionals and were not of violent nature.
“One is working as an engineer, another is a syariah law graduate, the third a businessman and the last one a teacher.
“They are here as tourists and will be leaving the country (today) together with 41 children under their care,” said Murugan.
Prosecuting officer Chief Inspector Vasu Appu said that while the prosecution was sympathetic towards the tragedy that had happened and the trauma that the boy had endured, the four should not have taken the drastic action of beating up a Malaysian citizen who had nothing to do with the sodomy case.
The four paid the fines.
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