Pregnant woman, three men arrested for arson attack on illegal moneylenders' borrowers


Venno Chiew Meng Ying (in orange shirt), who is pregnant, together with the other accused, being brought into the Sessions Court here in Johor Baru on Wednesday (April 24).

JOHOR BARU: A pregnant woman and three men have been charged at the Sessions Court here for carrying out an arson attack against four borrowers from an unlicensed money lender last month.

Veeno Chiew Meng Ying, 42, who was three months pregnant, Abdul Halim Md Nor, 32, Nurazman Hassan Ashari, 37, and Liew Choon Kian, 58, however pleaded not guilty after the charges against them were read before Sessions Judge Datuk Che Wan Zaidi Che Wan Ibrahim here on Wednesday (April 24).

According to the charge sheets, Chiew together with Abdul Halim had five charges against them while Nurazman had four charges against him and Liew has one charge against him.

They were accused of carrying out arson with the intention of causing destruction to the vehicles and houses of four borrowers aged between 27 and 58 years old.

They allegedly carried out the acts around Johor Baru between March 10 and March 27.

The four accused committed an offence under Section 435 of the Penal Code and can be sentenced under the same Act, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years and fine upon conviction.

They were also charged under Section 436 of the Penal Code, which was read together with Section 34 of the same Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years or a fine upon conviction.

Che Wan Zaidi then set bail for Chiew and Abdul Halim at RM70,000 each while Nurazman and Liew bail amount was at RM56,000 and RM14,000 respectively.

He also ordered all four accused to handover their passports to the court, report to the nearest police station until their case was settled and not to disturbed the victims and put May 23 for the case next mention.

Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Syafiqah Sha’ari prosecuted the case while Chiew, Abdul Halim and Nurazman were represented by lawyer Nur Zafirah Norizan and Liew was represented by lawyer Adrian Lu Chian Chern.

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