Part-time Uber driver claims trial to ex­tor­tion

New Straits Times - - News -

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: A part-time Uber driver claimed trial at the mag­is­trate’s court here to ex­tort­ing RM30,000 from the son of miss­ing pas­tor, Ray­mond Koh.

Lam Chang Nam, 31, al­legedly ex­torted money from Jonathan Koh Szu Hao, 33, for the safe re­turn of his fa­ther.

The of­fence was al­legedly com­mit­ted at Par­a­digm Mall here at 9.46pm on March 6.

Deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Nurul IIyani Mohd Ta­mam did not of­fer bail, stat­ing that there was a pos­si­bil­ity of wit­ness tam­per­ing if bail was granted, and be­cause the case was of pub­lic in­ter­est.

Coun­sel Datin Raj Preet Kaur, in seek­ing bail for her client, said Lam was an only child and his mother worked as a clerk.

“His mother is a sin­gle par­ent. She can be his bailor and en­sure his pres­ence in court.

“The court may im­pose ad­di­tional bail con­di­tions, like ask­ing him to re­port to the near­est po­lice sta­tion ev­ery month.

“This way, if he runs away, the po­lice can go af­ter him.”

Mag­is­trate Mohd Azali Ibrahim did not grant bail and set April 24 for men­tion.

PIC BY SADAM YUSOFF

Lam Chang Nam (cen­tre) be­ing es­corted out of the mag­is­trate’s court in Pe­tal­ing Jaya yes­ter­day.

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