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Part of charge waived for teacher
Published on: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A former primary school teacher, who was jailed two years and six months for committing Criminal Breach of Trust on RM4,250 of the Poor Student Trust Fund (KWAPM) succeeded in having his conviction and sentence on the alternative charge against him set aside.

Justices Datuk Wong Dak Wah, Datuk Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim and Datuk Yeoh Wee Siam allowed Othman @ Awang Abd Wahid's appeal in parts after hearing submissions from his counsel and the prosecution.

The court ordered Othman's conviction and sentence of two years' jail on the main charge to remain.

The main charge stated that Othman, a senior teacher handling student affairs at SK Tuaran, who was entrusted to handle the KWAPM money in 2008, had embezzled RM4,250 between March 2008 and 2009.

The court, however, set aside Othman's conviction and sentence of six months jail on the alternative charge for misappropriating the same money between March 2008 and 2009 at SK Tuaran.

The appellate court also ordered an order of committal be issued to Othman, who was on stay of execution pending his appeal.

Othman was on March 21, 2014 was found guilty by the Sessions Court of the main and alternative charges against him.

His appeal at the High Court against the conviction and sentences of both charges was rejected on June 3, 2016.

Othman was represented by counsel Hamid Ismail while Deputy Public Prosecutor Jasmee Hameeza Jaafar for the respondent.

Meanwhile, in the Magistrate's Court, a taxi driver was charged with having two stolen items.

Amran Madsar, 23, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie to having two stolen heavy duty power amplifier batteries at 3.45am on Nov 8 at the car park at Taman Putrajaya in Telipok.

The court set Dec 6 for mention and released Amran on a bail of RM2,000 in two sureties.

Inspector Suzie Kupit prosecuting. - Jo Ann Mool

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