Posted By rajlira On 14th March 2008 @ 10:00 In Court Roundup
MIRI: A police detective, with the rank of lance corporal, was yesterday jailed 33 months and fined RM20,000 in default two months’ imprisonment by the Sessions Court here for receiving corrupt money.
Judge Azhahari Kamal Ramli ruled that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt the case against the accused. The court found the accused guilty of the 13 charges of receiving money from two pimps as an inducement not to take action against them for operating vice activities here.
The court ruled that the accused, Robert Tira Erai, in his 40s, from Kanowit, attached to the police headquarters in Kuching, received gratification money deposited in his BSN and BBMB (now CIMB) accounts.
The accused had committed a serious offence through demanding for corrupt money and causing hardship to the victims. He had tarnished the name of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), and severe punishment was called for in the interest of the public.
The court, in passing sentence, considered that it was the accused’s first offence, and that he had been serving in PDRM for 28 years.
The accused was convicted of 13 charges – two under Section 11(a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997, punishable under Section 16 of the same Act, and 11 under Section 4(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1961, punishable under Section 4 of the same Act.
Section 16 provides for a jail term of not less than 14 days and not more than 20 years, and a fine of not more than five times the value of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever the higher.
The court sentenced the accused to three months’ jail and RM10,000 fine in default one month’s jail and six months’ jail, and RM10,000 fine in default one month’s jail for the two charges filed under Section 11(a) of the ACA 1997. The sentences were to run consecutively.
Section 4 provides for a fine of not more than RM10,000 or jail term of not more than five years or both.
For the remaining 11 charges, the court sentenced the accused to two years, nine months, nine months, nine months, 12 months, nine months, three months, nine months, three months, three months, and nine months in jail respectively.
All the charges were to run concurrently, but consecutively for the first two charges.
Robert was convicted for receiving the sum of RM200 on Jan 17 1998, RM500 (Feb 5 1998), RM20,000 (Nov 6 1997), RM1,000 (Jan 7 1998), RM1,000 (Oct 24 1997), RM1,000 (Oct 27 1997), RM3,000 (Nov 4 1997), RM500 (Sept 6 1997), RM2,300 (Sept 17 1997) and RM500 (July 24 1997). They were deposited into his BSN account.
Three other offences were committed on RM1,000 (July 19 1997), RM2,300 (Aug 18 1997) and RM500 (Aug 24 1997) deposited in his BBMB (now CIMB) account.
Robert applied to pay the RM20,000 fine by instalment and requested the court for three days to pay the first instalment of RM3,000.
Prosecuting officer Ong Cheng Hihn from ACA did not object on condition that the accused paid his first instalment of the fine (RM3,000) by yesterday.
Judge Azhahari Kamal Ramli allowed the stay of execution as Robert wants to appeal in the High Court. He ordered Robert to pay the first instalment of fine (RM3,000) by yesterday, second instalment (RM5,000) by April 15, third instalment (RM5,000) by May 15, and final instalment (RM7,000) by June 16. The case was fixed for mention on June 16 to monitor the payments.
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