Labourers deny robbing gynae


PETALING JAYA: Two odd job workers are facing up to 40 years in jail if convicted for armed robbery and causing grievous injury to gynaecologist Dr Delaila Ahmad.

P. Sharves, 22, and S. Kanthavellu, 20, claimed trial before two separate Sessions Court judges here for allegedly using a parang while robbing Dr Delaila, 59, of her handbag which contained documents and cash amounting to RM18,000, at Ja­lan SS19/6, Subang Jaya at 1.20am on July 7.

They were first charged under Section 395 and 397 of the Penal Code, for armed robbery, and face a 20-year jail term and canning, upon conviction.

DPP Dalirah Din called for bail to be set at RM15,000 for each accused, with the additional condition that they report to a police station monthly and to keep away from the victim and her family.

She said that although both the accused were not personally acquainted with Dr Delaila, they were known to loiter in the area near her clinic.

Their counsel S. Siva Ganesh pleaded for lower bail, saying his clients’ families were not well-to-do and could not afford the bail amount.

He added his clients had been cooperative by surrendering themselves to the police.

“Kanthavellu has a heart condition and had undergone surgery when he was 13. He recently required hospitalisation at the IJN (National Heart Institute) and needs to be on bail should his condition worsen,’’ said Siva Ganesh.

Judge Rozina Ayob fixed bail at RM8,000 each and allowed both conditions requested by the prosecution.

She set Aug 29 for mention of the case.

Sharves and Kanthavellu were then brought to another Sessions Court and slapped with a second charge of causing grievous injury to Dr Delaila by severing the fingers on her left hand during the robbery.

Both the accused were ordered by Judge Yasmin Abdul Razak to respond verbally, instead of merely shaking their heads, when asked if they admitted to the crime.

They were charged under Section 326 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum 20-year jail term and canning, upon conviction.

DPP Dhiya Syazwani Izyan Mohd Akhir requested for both the charges to be heard together.

Judge Yasmin allowed for the cases to be heard together and fixed bail at RM8,000 each and set Aug 29 for mention as well.

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