JOHOR BARU: A car salesman and his wife pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to two charges of causing hurt and trafficking their Indonesian maid.
Mohd Shukur Suradi, 28, and teacher Daeng Norulasyikin Bachok, 27, were charged with hurting Marsini, 21, between July and Sept 23 this year.
They are accused of hitting the maid with a knife, golf club, a hanger and a belt besides scalding the victim with hot water, hot oil, hot spoon and a hot ladle at their house in Taman D’Utama here.
The couple were charged under Section 326 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same Act, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years, whipping and fine upon conviction.
Mohd Shukur and Daeng Norulasyikin also claimed trial to human trafficking when they hired Marsini and forced her to work as their maid.
They were charged under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act 2007, together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which carries a mandatory jail sentence of not more than 15 years and a fine upon conviction.
Judge Zamri Bakar set bail at RM20,000 each and set Oct 16 for mention of the case.
DPPs Chuah Shyue Chien, Jasmee Hameeza Jaafar and Norashikin Ibrahim prosecuted while Noordin Hussin and Wan Azmir Wan Majid represented the couple.
In an unrelated case, a 27-year-old man pleaded not guilty in the magistrate’s court to 12 charges of cheating a woman of RM34,110 in a 4-D scam.
Foo Kian Yong from Alor Setar, Kedah, is accused of cheating Lim Cheng Choo, 38, who made 12 payments between May 7 and June 3 in 2009, at a bank in Taman Universiti.
The handphone shop employee was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years, whipping and a fine upon conviction.
Magistrate Hafizah Johor Ariff Johor fixed Oct 29 for mention of the case and set bail at RM25,000.
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