KUALA LUMPUR: A 37-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years' jail and three strokes of the cane by the Ampang Sessions Court Tuesday for voluntarily causing hurt to a female Zoo Negara parking supervisor and stealing her mobile phone in September last year.
Judge Azrul Darus meted out the sentence on Wan Ahmad Kamil Wan Daud, 37, a former dispatch rider and currently unemployed, after he changed his plea to guilty on the third day of the trial.
The court ordered Wan Ahmad Kamil to serve his sentence from the day he was arrested on Sept 5, 2017.
Wan Ahmad Kamil was charged with committing the offence on Koo Kah Lai, 29, at a parking area in front of the Finas building in Ampang Jaya here, at 11.30 am on Sept 3, 2017.
The charge under Section 394 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to 20 years with whipping or a fine, upon conviction.
According to the facts of the case, the victim was at the Zoo Negara parking lot on the day of the incident and saw the accused, who was wearing a safety vest, outside the Finas parking area.
The complainant then approached the accused after seeing him telling someone to park his car at the Finas parking lot.
She told Wan Ahmad Kamil that what he was doing was wrong and she would report the matter to Finas.
The accused, however, shouted at the victim and told her not to interfere.
The victim then tried to take the accused's photo with her mobile phone but the man snatched the phone and punched her on the right cheek, causing her to fall.
The victim then asked the accused to return the mobile phone, but he refused to and kicked the woman on her right thigh before fleeing with it.
In mitigation, the accused, who was unrepresented, pleaded for a lighter sentence on grounds that he had to support his unemployed wife, who was suffering from a nerve disorder, and three children.
Deputy public prosecutor Nadiah Malek Fauzie urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence, taking into account the accused's violent act which caused injuries to the victim. – Bernama