Part-time Uber driver claims trial to extortion
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.
Lam Chang Nam (centre) being escorted out of the magistrate’s court in Petaling Jaya yesterday.