Man who set muezzin on fire to undergo observation

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020

Compiled by Hanis Zainal, Liew Jia Xian and R. Aravinthan

THE Alor Setar Sessions Court has ordered a man who set a muezzin on fire last week to undergo psychiatric evaluation, reported Harian Metro.

Sessions Court judge Juraidah Abas had ordered Muhamad Ayatul Firdaus Masri, 40, to undergo observation at the Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta, Tanjung Rambutan, Perak, after the charge was read to him.

Judge Juraidah also set March 24 for the submission of his health and psychiatric evaluation reports.

Ayatul Firdaus was charged under Section 326 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 20 years, a fine, or whipping.

According to the charge sheet, he had allegedly caused critical injuries to Amri Budin, 67, at Masjid Al Hasanah in Taman Wira Mergong on Feb 19,2020 at 6.10am.

Ayatul Firdaus allegedly threw kerosene on Amri before setting him on fire.

> Sinar Harian reported that a housewife in Kuantan, Pahang, lost RM7,500 in a scam, thinking that she was going to receive more than RM800,000 in gifts and cash.

The 47-year-old woman lost the money to an acquaintance she met through social media, who claimed to have sent her gifts and cash worth RM880,000.

The housewife was told by the acquaintance, who claimed to be from Germany, had sent her the parcel – containing jewellery, mobile phones, and money – but that it was withheld at the Kulim Airport by the authorities when it arrived there on Feb 18.

The housewife, who made a police report on the scam on Saturday, said she was then contacted by an individual claiming to be an agent for the shipping company who asked her to pay the RM7,500 for the parcel to be released. State Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said “the woman, who was enticed by the alleged contents of the parcel, paid the money on Feb 20.

“But she never received the parcel, ” added Supt Mohd Wazir.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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