KOTA KINABALU: A headmaster was sentenced to 18 months' jail and fined RM9,000 for three counts of power abuse over the misappropriation of school funds between 2016 and 2017.
Brahim Zakaria, 55, pleaded guilty to alternate charges related to the misappropriation of funds amounting to RM14,300 after they were read before judge Abu Bakar Manat at the Sandakan Special Corruption Court on Thursday (July 2).
According to the statement of facts, the first offence was committed on March 17, 2017 involving RM5,000; the second on July 14, 2017 involving RM6,000; and the third was on Dec 23, 2016 involving RM3,300.
The court fixed each offence to be punishable with six months' imprisonment and a RM3,000 fine, with the jail terms to run concurrently.
Abu Bakar, however, spared the accused from caning due to his age.
During the trial on Feb 27, Brahim pleaded guilty to the alternate charge under Section 403 of the Penal Code (an alternative to the original charge of criminal breach of trust under Section 409), but fell ill while waiting for sentencing.
He suffered chest pains during the court break and the court postponed sentencing upon request due to his health.
The case was prosecuted by Mohd Faliq Basirudin from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
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