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Man gets 20 months for causing grievous hurt to niece
Published on: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A 34-year-old local man who caused grievous hurt to his niece over a handphone was sentenced to 20 months' jail and fined RM2,000 or another two months.

James Panggoh admitted before Magistrate Cindy Mc Juce Balitus to assaulting one Elizabeth Simon, 21, by punching and slapping her as well as kicking her and hitting her head with a hard object at 10.15pm on Oct 4 in a house at Kg Hubah, Penampang.

Inspector Albert Basiri, prosecuting, told the court that prior to the incident, James together with Elizabeth's grandmother and aunt visited Elizabeth, who was renting a house at Kg Hubah.

They were staying with her since Oct 1.

On the said day, James asked about his handphone which was sent for repair but Elizabeth, who just returned home replied that she forgot to get the handphone and promised to take it the next day.

However, James assaulted Elizabeth.

Elizabeth went to the hospital for treatment and later lodged a police report against James.

Pleading for leniency, James said he was remorseful and was extremely upset during the incident.

The charge under Section 325 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to seven years and liability of a fine on conviction.

In another case, a 24-year-old man was jailed 12 months for having a stolen handphone.

Jasmin Suaib admitted before Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie to having the stolen handphone belonged to George Tapah at 11am on Nov 4 at Kg Muhibbah in Likas.

Inspector Suzie Kupit, prosecuting, told the court that the handphone was reported stolen at 5.30am on the same day.

Meanwhile, 28-year-old Mohd Jinin Junik pleaded not guilty to having the stolen handphone belonging to the same complainant at 11am on Nov 4 at Kg Muhibbah in Likas.

The court fixed Dec 11 for case management and released Jinin on a bail of RM2,000 in two sureties. - Jo Ann Mool

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