Ebit Lew trial: Preacher called and used obscene language, says witness

TENOM: A witness told the Magistrate's Court that preacher Ebit Irawan Ibrahim Lew, also known as Ebit Lew, would call her and use obscene language in addition to sending messages from early morning until night.

The woman, in her 40s, who is the complainant and ninth prosecution witness, said Ebit Lew sent her about 70 obscene WhatsApp messages between 10.57pm and midnight on April 19, 2021.

Although it was the month of Ramadan at the time, she said Ebit Lew still sent her these messages and she felt that the obscene and flattering remarks were an affront to her dignity.

According to the witness, Ebit Lew's public persona on social media starkly contrasted with the private messages he sent her. While he often portrayed his wife as an angel, his messages to her painted a very different, disturbing picture.

"When he sent those messages, it was as if he saw women as nothing more than objects for sexual gratification," she said to deputy public prosecutor Zahida Zakaria in the preacher's sexual harassment trial.

During Tuesday's (May 21) proceedings, Zahida requested an oral amendment to the first charge against Ebit Lew, specifically changing the time from 6am to 8.07am.

The court allowed the amendment following the witness' testimony regarding the sequence of events, in which she stated that she received a picture of the accused's genitals at 8.07am March 29, 2021.

Ebit Lew, 38, faces 11 charges, including outraging the modesty of a woman in her 40s by sending obscene words and images to the victim's phone number via the WhatsApp application between March and June 2021.

The charges under Section 509 of the Penal Code provide a prison sentence of up to five years or a fine or both if convicted.

The trial continues on Tuesday evening.- Bernama

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