SIBU: A so-called medium pleaded not guilty to a charge of cheating a woman out of RM180,000 by claiming that her house was haunted and an exorcism was needed to rid the house of an evil spirit.
Li Yufen, a 34-year-old Chinese national, was denied bail yesterday by magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi in Kuching yesterday.
She ordered that Li be held in the Puncak Borneo prison.
Li’s passport was also impounded by the court until after the end of the case.
Zubaidah fixed June 11 for case management.
According to the charge sheet, the accused and two others, who are still at large, tricked the 55-year-old victim into believing that her house had been haunted by an evil spirit for nine years.
The accused told the woman that her son would die if he did not marry the spirit.
The accused offered to perform an exorcism prayer ritual on the condition that the victim surrender her savings of RM180,000 and jewellery.
The alleged offence took place at about 11am on April 11 at MJC township in Kuching.
Li was arrested on April 21 in Miri and was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
Sarawak commercial crime investigation department chief Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah advised the public to be cautious to avoid being cheated.