IPOH: A 41-year-old businessman was sentenced to 10 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane by the Sessions Court here on Friday (April 9) after he was found guilty of 109 charges of cheating and falsifying documents.
N. Narendran had been charged with cheating 45-year-old Hafizul Abdul Hamid of more than RM6.3mil in what was allegedly a fake investment scheme.
Narendran was said to have committed the offence between May and December 2015 when he allegedly led Hafizul to believe that there was a deal with Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun involving disposable medical equipment.
Narendran persuaded the victim to hand over cash and cheques of between RM20,000 and RM350,000 as investments.
In 2016, Narendran pleaded not guilty to all charges under Sections 471 and 420 of the Penal Code, which carry imprisonment of between one and 10 years, whipping and a fine upon conviction.
After the proceedings, Narendran's lawyer RSN Rayer said his client would be filing an appeal at the Ipoh High Court later in the day.
He also asked the court for lower bail as his client needs to care for his family.
“My client has previously paid RM55,000 bail and has never failed to attend court,” he said, before asking the court to allow his client to pay the bail by Monday (April 12)
Judge Norashima Khalid set bail at RM30,000 to be paid on Friday.
Narendran is also required to report himself to the nearest police station every two weeks.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohamad Nazreen Zabaruddin prosecuted.