Mechanic denies extorting, molesting maid
KOTA KINABALU: A mechanic claimed trial at the Magistrate’s Court here yesterday to two charges of extortion and molestation of a 23-year-old maid.
On the first count, Sawal Muhaimin, 49, who was brought before magistrate Cindy Mc Juce Balitus, was alleged to have committed extortion by threatening to turn in the victim to the immigration temporary detention centre if she did not hand over to him her two gold rings.
The offence, allegedly committed at Jalan Kokol, Manggatal on October 9, is framed under Section 384 of the Penal Code which provides for a jail term of up to 10 years, or a fine, or whipping, or with any two of such punishments, upon conviction.
On the second count, the accused was alleged to have used criminal force to outrage the modesty of the same woman on the same day at 8.30pm at Kampung Sinanggang, Manggatal.
He was charged under Section 354 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years or with fine or whipping or with any two of the punishments, upon conviction.
The magistrate fixed December 11-12 for trial and released the undefended accused on bail.