TAWAU: A former madrasah principal was sentenced to three years’ jail by the magistrate’s court here for three counts of committing gross indecency against three of his students in 2016.
Magistrate Ferhansha Farene Mohd Ferdaus yesterday meted out the punishment to Maznan Omar, 37, after the accused was found guilty of all the charges.
The court ordered the accused to serve his sentence for each crime consecutively from today.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Muhammad Fitri Wan Azizan pressed for just punishment to serve as a lesson to the public.
He said punitive actions should be imposed on the accused by taking into account the victims’ age and the accused as the school principal, who has deep knowledge of religion, should be the one to protect them and not the other way around.
According to the first, second and third charge, the accused was alleged to have committed gross indecency against three boys, aged 14 to 15 (in 2016) at a house in Bandar Sri Indah, Tawau, between 11am and 10.20pm in June 2016.
He was charged under Section 377D of the Penal Code which provides a maximum imprisonment of up to two years upon conviction. — Bernama