PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Court of Appeal here Friday (Nov 16) convicted and sentenced a police inspector to two years' jail for outraging the modesty of a female staff member in an elevator of the Negri Sembilan police headquarters.
A three-man bench comprising Justices Ahmadi Asnawi, Abdul Rahman Sebli and Datuk Kamardin Hashim overturned N. Prabu's acquittal on the charge after allowing the prosecution's appeal.
Prabu, 34, was ordered to begin his jail sentence today.
Justice Ahmadi, who chaired the bench, said the court imposed the two-year jail sentence after considering the fact that Prabu was a police inspector and the deputy head of the Narcotics division of the Jempol police district headquarters when the offence was committed.
He said the sentence should serve as a lesson to Prabu, who was charged with outraging the modesty of the 39-year-old woman by touching her breast in the lift at 12.30pm on Nov 29, 2012.
He was initially discharged and acquitted by the magistrate's court at the end of the prosecution's case without his defence being called and the High Court had upheld the decision.
Upon an appeal by the prosecution, the Court of Appeal ordered Prabu to enter his defence.
Deputy public prosecutor Tengku Intan Suraya Tengku Ismail appeared for the prosecution while Prabu was represented by lawyer Datuk Hanif Hassan. -Bernama