Businessman now charged with beating up bodyguards

KUALA LUMPUR: A businessman, who was charged with assaulting and threatening his two bodyguards with a pistol, was again charged in the Magistrate’s Court here with four counts of beating up the same victims.

Chung Chee Yang, 44, pleaded not guilty yesterday before magistrate Mohamad Fared Abdul Latif after an interpreter read out the charges to him.

Chung was charged with four counts of voluntarily causing hurt to Mohd Azminizam Zulkepli, 44, and Ahmad Shamsuri Zailani, 27, at the lobby area and lift of a condominium here between 8.40pm and 8.43pm on April 13.

The charge under Section 323 of the Penal Code provides for a maximum jail term of one year, a fine of up to RM2,000 or both, upon conviction.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Nur Ashikin Mokhtar urged the court to set bail at RM20,000 for each count in one surety on grounds that the offence was serious as it touched on the sensitive aspect of religious beliefs.

“As his employees, they should be protected and humanely treated and both victims have served the accused for between three and seven years, ” she said.

Lawyer Abdul Hakim Aiman appealed for a lower bail.

“My client has his parents, wife and four children to support and he is suffering from cancer and insomnia. He has also contributed a lot to the community in Klang, ” he said.

The court allowed bail of RM10,000 in one surety and fixed June 2 for mention.

On Thursday, Chung and his personal assistant, Choo Hin Voon, 43, both claimed trial to seven charges, among them assaulting and threatening the two bodyguards with a pistol for fasting. — Bernama

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