Sundry shop operator claims trial to outraging modesty of nurse while being treated for Covid-19

BUTTERWORTH: A sundry shop operator was charged at the Magistrate’s Court here on Friday (March 19) with using criminal force to outrage the modesty of a nurse while being treated in a Covid-19 ward earlier this month.

Mohd Ridi, 55, claimed trial when the charge was read to him by the court interpreter before Magistrate M. Kalaiarasi.

He was charged with outraging the modesty of a 24-year-old nurse with criminal force at the Covid-19 ward of the Kepala Batas Hospital at about 11.30am on March 8.

He was charged under Section 354 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum of 10 years' imprisonment or a fine or whipping or any of the two upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Asma Amira Shahidani offered bail at RM10,000.

Mohd’s counsel, Mohd Izad Buqhary Mohd Kamri, requested a lower bail, saying that his client was suffering from a heart ailment.

Kalaiarasi set bail at RM3,800 with one surety and fixed April 21 for mention.

“The accused is also not allowed to disturb the victim in this case, ” she said.

Mohd’s son posted bail.

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