Contract worker claims trial to sexual assault, robbery charges

KUALA LUMPUR: A contract worker has claimed trial at a Sessions Court here to charges of sexual crime offences allegedly committed during a robbery at a spa.

Noor Hezree Mohd Arifin, 32, pleaded not guilty to all the offences before judge Mohd Kafli Che Ali here on Friday (Nov 20).

He was accused of forcing oral sex on the 31-year-old victim, who was an employee at the spa at Bandar Seri Putra in Bangi.

The charge under Section 377B of the Penal Code carries a maximum 20-year jail term and can be whipped upon conviction.

The accused faced a second charge of allegedly using criminal intimidation on the victim with the intention to molest her.

If found guilty of the offence under Section 354 of the Penal Code, the accused can face a maximum 10-year jail term and can be whipped upon conviction.

According to the third charge, Noor Hezree allegedly inserted his finger into the victim's private parts, an offence under Section 377CA of the Penal Code.

He faces imprisonment of between five to 30 years and can be whipped if convicted.

For the fourth charge, the accused allegedly robbed the victim using a cutter knife and taking a necklace, anklet, and RM953 in cash.

The offence under Section 392/397 of the Penal Code carries imprisonment of up to 14 years, a fine and whipping.

All of the offences were allegedly committed at the spa around 12.30pm on Nov 12.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Norhana Sahat did not offer bail.

She asked the court to use its discretion not to allow bail on grounds that the accused was an aggressive man who ran away from detention when he was brought to the Kajang Hospital to get his DNA samples taken.

The accused, who was unrepresented, asked the court for bail as he has to support his wife and two children aged 10 and 11.

The court did not allow bail and fixed Jan 7 next year for mention.

At a separate court, Noor Hezree claimed trial to running away from the custody of a policeman, L/Kpl Muhammad Afendi Mahadi, at a treatment room at Kajang Hospital.

The offence was allegedly committed at 11.40am on Nov 13.

The charge under Section 224 of the Penal Code carries a maximum two years in jail or fine of both, upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhammad Hairuliqram Hairuddin did not offer bail.

Magistrate Muhammad Noor Firdaus Rosli fixed bail at RM10,000 in one surety and imposed an additional condition, that the accused must report to the nearest police station once a month.

The case is fixed for mention on Jan 7.

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