Three charged with gang robbery over RM1.4mil gems grab

Friends Gunasellan (second right). Anandan (second left) and Adrian Raj Dominic (centre) claimed trial to the robbery charge on Nov 29. – BERNAMApic

KUALA KANGSAR: Three friends have been charged in the Sessions Court here with armed and gang robbery involving jewellery worth RM1.4mil.

R. Gunasellan, 52, AF Adrian Raj Dominic, 29, and R. Anandan, 35, pleaded not guilty to the charge before judge Rohaida Ishak on Wednesday (Nov 29).

The three accused, along with six others still at large, are charged with robbing Chong Yong Seng and Tan Kang Chiat, both 26, while armed with a machete, of the jewellery at the Jalan Dato Maharajalela parking area here at about 9.40am on Nov 6.

They are charged under Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang robbery and Section 397 of the same legislation for armed robbery.

If convicted, they face jail of up to 20 years and whipping.

Judge Rohaida allowed them bail of RM20,000 with two sureties each, where one surety should involve a family member. They are also required to report to a police station once a month pending disposal of the case.

The judge also set Dec 29 for mention.

DPP Muhammad Firdaus Nor Azlan prosecuted, while the accused were represented by Tulasi Ayaoo.

Meanwhile, Gunasellan and Anandan were each fined RM2,500, in default six months in jail, and placed under police probation for two years by the same court after pleading guilty to self-administering drugs.

Gunasellan was charged with self-administering morphine at the Narcotics Office of the Kuala Kangsar District Police Headquarters at about 3pm on Nov 7.

Anandan was charged with self-administration of 11-nor-delta type -9-tetrahydrocannabinol at the same place and date at about 3.20 pm.

DPP Muhammad Fahmi Kamaluddin prosecuted the case. – Bernama

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