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Cop jailed, fined RM10,000
Published on: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
By: Jo Ann Mool
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Cop jailed, fined RM10,000
In their unanimous decision, the court, after hearing submissions from the appellant’s counsel and the prosecution as respondent, found that the conviction under the first charge against Yugeswaran was not safe and set it aside and sentence on the first count.
Kota Kinabalu: A 34-year-old police inspector, who was sentenced to two years in jail and RM10,000 fine on each of his two counts of corrupt practices, was on Tuesday was freed from the first charge.

Court of Appeal Justices Datuk Ravinthran N. Paramaguru, Datuk Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali and Datuk Dr Choo Kah Sing, however, dismissed Yugeswaran Surinaraina’s appeal on the second charge and affirmed the decision and the sentence.

This means Yugeswaran will have to serve two years behind bars effective Tuesday.

In their unanimous decision, the court, after hearing submissions from the appellant’s counsel and the prosecution as respondent, found that the conviction under the first charge against Yugeswaran was not safe and set it aside and sentence on the first count.

On the second count, the court found that the conviction is safe and dismissed the appeal and affirmed the decision and sentence.

Yugeswaran, who obtained a stay of execution pending his appeal, was ordered to serve the sentence on the second count on Tuesday.

He was appealing against his conviction and sentence on both charges.

Yugeswaran was on May 5, 2019 found guilty by the Special Corruption Court after a full trial on the two charges against him.

He was sentenced to two years in jail from the date of his conviction and fined RM10,000 or four months in jail on each charge.

The imprisonment term are to be run concurrently.

On the first count, Yugeswaran, who was an investigating officer in a cheating case attached to the Sandakan police headquarters, was accused of receiving RM2,000 from Abdul Ghani Mohd Alip as an inducement to keep the former’s subordinate quiet pertaining to syabu use by Ghani’s son, who was also being investigated for cheating.

The offence allegedly committed between 10am and 11am on Jan 17, 2016 at the Sandakan police station.

On the second count, Yugeswaran was accused of receiving another bribe of RM2,000 from Ghani as an inducement to close the cheating case involving his son.

The offence took place between 5pm and 5.20pm on Jan 21, 2016 at a parking lot near a restaurant in Bandar Maju, Sandakan.

Each charge under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, carries a jail term of up to 20 years, and a fine of five times the amount involved, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Yugeswaran paid the fine.

He was represented by counsel Datuk N. Sivananthan while Deputy Public Prosecutor Zaki Asyraf appeared for prosecution as respondent.

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