Duo admit threatening borrower

PORT DICKSON: Two agents working for unlicensed moneylenders were each fined RM3,000 by the Magistrate’s Court here after they pleaded guilty to criminal intimidation.

M. Hashagaan, 25, and S. Kugananthan, 27, who were unrepresented, did not contest the charge after it was read to them before magistrate V. Vanita.

They were also ordered to serve five months’ jail in the event that they were unable to settle the fine.

Hashagaan, who works as an office boy, and Kugananthan, a goatherd, were charged with threatening a 45-year-old businesswoman in Jalan Aman Shah, near here, at about 1.20pm on Jan 17.

The duo were accused of threatening the victim by saying that they would take away her goods and set her shop on fire.

They were charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same Code, which carries a jail term of up to two years, a fine or both, upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Jiwan Kaur Malkith Singh asked the court to impose a sentence befitting the offence and that would serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders.

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