Man denies committing sexual assault and robbery at spa

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

Noor Hezree Mohd Arifin (pic), 32, pleaded not guilty to the offences before judge Mohd Kafli Che Ali yesterday. He is accused of forcing oral sex on a 31-year-old staff member at the spa in Bandar Seri Putra, Bangi.

The charge under Section 377B of the Penal Code carries imprisonment of up to 20 years and whipping, upon conviction.

The accused faces a second charge of using criminal intimidation on the victim with intention to molest her. The charge under Section 354 of the Penal Code carries imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine or whipping, or any two of the punishments, upon conviction. According to the third charge, Noor Hezree allegedly inserted his finger into the victim’s private parts, which is an offence under Section 377CA of the Penal Code.

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

For the fourth charge, he allegedly robbed the victim using a cutter knife and took a necklace, anklet and RM953.

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

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

Deputy Public Prosecutor Norhana Sahat asked the court to deny bail on grounds the accused was aggressive and ran away from detention when he was brought to Kajang Hospital to get his DNA sample taken.

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

The court disallowed bail and fixed Jan 7 for mention.

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