Man to face charges under new anti-stalking law

PETALING JAYA: A man who stalked a female photographer for about eight years will be the first individual to be charged under the new Section 507A of the Penal Code, which spells out the crime and its penalties.

He was said to have harassed the woman, sending her lewd photographs of himself and videos of himself indulging in sexual acts.

At one point, he apparently even followed her to the United Kingdom and enrolled in the same class as her.

“He will be brought to a Magistrate’s Court in Shah Alam tomorrow (today) to face the charges,” said Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Hussein Omar Khan yesterday.

He said the accused would be charged under Section 507A of the Penal Code which stipulates that physical and online stalking are crimes.

The amendment to introduce this new section in the Penal Code was passed in the Dewan Rakyat in March.

Those found guilty can be jailed for up to three years, fined, or both upon conviction.

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