Lawyer charged with molesting students
> Counsel claims victims sensationalised case, labels it ‘trial by media’
KAJANG: A lawyer has claimed trial to a charge of molesting a 22-year-old student and attempting to molest another 20-yearold student at a condominium last week.
Michael Anthony, 33, was charged with outraging the modesty of a college student by touching her buttocks and faced another charge of attempting to touch the other student’s breasts.
The first charge is under Section 354 of the Penal Code, which is punishable with a 10-year jail term and a fine or whipping, or both, upon conviction.
The second charge is under Section 354 read together with Section 511, and is punishable with five years’ jail and a fine or whipping, or both.
Both offences were allegedly committed at Cypress Condominium in Bandar Sungai Long at about 3.30pm on Nov 1.
News of the incident went viral on social media after the students posted a video describing their ordeal.
Yesterday, Anthony’s lawyer Datuk Jerald Gomez sought an order from the magistrate’s court for the victims not to publish evidence online, but instead present such in court. The application was allowed. “In this case, a fact we cannot ignore is that the complainant has sensationalised the case and is giving interviews and making videos and posting them on the internet,” said Gomez.
“The accused has not even had a trial or been proven guilty, but it has become a ‘trial by media’ without the accused’s side of the story.
“Damage has already been done to his life and career. (By) setting a high bail, it would only add to the burden already being carried,” he said , adding that Anthony had spent five days in custody.
He said his client’s past record and character should also be considered while setting bail.
Gomez said Anthony is a member of the Malaysian Bar, has worked with the Securities Commission, lectured law and is a practising lawyer.
DPP Natasha Chin Le Jy proposed RM6,000 bail for each charge but the magistrate granted RM4,000 bail for the first charge and RM3,800 for the second.
Anthony leaving the magistrate’s court yesterday.