JOHOR BARU: A 29-year-old man was sentenced to six years' imprisonment and six strokes of the cane by a magistrate's court here on Thursday (May 2), for allegedly selling a non-water filter, which is non-existent.
Magistrate Noor Aisyah Ahmad made the decision, after the accused Mohamad Zulhulaifah A. Ghani pleaded guilty to all 10 charges read out by a court interpreter.
According to the charge sheet, Mohamad Zulhulaifah allegedly offered a non-existent water filter service by tricking 10 victims to hand over cash between RM98 and RM466, involving a total of RM2,888.
The accused is believed to have cheated the victims in Pasir Gudang between Oct 18, 2018 and April 23 this year.
Mohamad Zulhulaifah is charged under 420 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years, whipping and a fine, upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Khairunnisak Hassni appealed to the court to impose a fine on the accused to be served as a lesson to the public.
The accused, who was not represented, however, appealed to the court to impose a lower sentence with the sentences to run concurrently.
Noor Aisyah, however, ordered the sentences to run consecutively.
Mohamad Zulhulaifah was sentenced to a two-year prison term from the date of his arrest on April 25 and given two strokes of the cane for the first three charges.
For the fourth and fifth charges, the court sentenced the accused to another two-year jail term and two strokes of the cane.
For the sixth to the 10th charge, the accused was sentenced to another two-year prison term and two strokes of the cane.