Two men plead not guilty to robbing elderly couple

Claim trial: The three accused, charged with multiple burglary, being led outside the court building in Ipoh. — RONNIE CHIN/ The Star

IPOH: Two men pleaded not guilty to robbing an elderly couple at their house in Bercham.

M. Hari Chandran, 41, and AD Lawrence, 39, who were charged together, claimed trial after the charges were read to them in Tamil before Judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad at the Sessions Court here yesterday.

According to the charge sheet, the duo allegedly committed the offence at Chan Liew Chan’s house at Regat Tasek Timur 20, Taman Ria, at around 3am on May 24.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohamad Nazreen Zabarudin requested that bail be denied due to the seriousness of the case.

“Based on the facts of the case, the accused had robbed the house three times and had harmed the elderly couple.

“However, if the court decides to set the bail, we hope it will come with some terms, such as that the accused should not harass the victims and the witness. They should also report themselves at the nearest police station,” he said.

Hari Chandran, who was not represented, asked for lower bail as he is currently taking care of his sick sister.

“I am also getting married soon and will be taking care of my wife’s mother,” he said.

Lawrence, who was also unrepresented, said he is the sole breadwinner with a child who is still in school.

Judge Ainul set the bail at RM15,000 with one surety for each accused, who must also report themselves twice a month at the nearest police station.

“Both accused are not allowed to disturb the victims and must report themselves every 1st and 15th of every month at the nearest police station, failing which they can be remanded,” she said.

She also fixed the case mention on July 7.

Separately, a 33-year-old man pleaded not guilty to keeping a stolen cellphone.

M. Shashipal Singh claimed trial after the charges were read to him before Judge Azizah Ahmad.

According to the charge sheet, Shashipal was found with a blue-coloured phone belonging to Chan at a flat in Lengkok Bercham Timur on June 4.

Judge Azizah set bail at RM4,000 with one surety, while Shashipal must report himself at the nearest police station once a month.

She fixed July 7 for mention of the case, which is prosecuted by DPP Haiqal Asyraf Suhaimi.

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