Taxi driver claims trial to exploiting man by making him beg for money

SEREMBAN: A 30-year-old taxi driver has claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to a charge of exploiting a 27-year-old man by making him beg for money in public.

Nurul Hidayah Md Nor pleaded not guilty on Friday (April 8) after the charge was read to her before Judge Datin Surita Budin.

The accused allegedly committed the offences between May and Nov 7 last year at various locations here and in Senawang.

She was charged under Section 27(c) of the Minor Offences Act, punishable under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (Atipsom) Act.

Offenders can be jailed up to 20 years and fined or both upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Nor Azizah Aling then asked the court to impose bail of RM20,000 pending mention.

"The court should impose a RM20,000 bail as this is a serious offence," she said.

However, defence counsel Haresh Mahadevan asked for lower bail as the accused only earned between RM1,500 and RM2,000 a month and had to provide for her sick father.

"The accused has been cooperative with the police and had also been remanded for 11 days before being charged today," he said, adding that the bail should be set between RM5,000 and RM8,000.

Haresh was assisted by Ramzani Idris.

Surita then set bail at RM15,000 with one surety. The accused was also ordered to report to the nearest police station once a month and to stay away from the victim and his family.

She then fixed May 24 for the next mention of the case.

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