Published: Friday January 11, 2013 MYT 6:19:00 PM
Updated: Friday January 11, 2013 MYT 8:16:43 PM
Lorry driver gets 26 years jail for robbing and slashing a mother of three
By QISHIN TARIQ
KUALA LUMPUR: A man was sentenced to 26 years' jail and 20 strokes of the rotan after he pleaded guilty to robbing and slashing a mother of three.
Lorry driver Choo Wei Yang, 47, robbed bank sales executive Chai Ling Fong of RM1,000 in cash and slashed her thigh.
He also admitted to the second charge of robbing and hurting Ling Fong's sister Chai Lin Lin.
According to the facts of the case, when Ling Fong was withdrawing money from Public Bank on Jalan Kuchai Lama, at around 10pm on Dec 1, Choo approached.
Ling Fong ran to her car with Coo chasing her.
Lin Lin stepped out of the car to help her sister.
Choo attacked both women, slashing Ling Fong's thigh and stabbing Lin Lin in the chest and leg.
Two Myanmar nationals came to the women's aid. They chased and caught Choo, who was later handed to the police.
Ling Fong attended the sentencing on Friday to give her Victim Impact Statement (VIS), in which she told the court how her children, who were in the car at the time, still had nightmares.
"I was so scared when I rushed to my car, it slipped my mind that I had led the man straight to my children.
“My children, then just 2, 4 and 7 years-old saw my sister and I being attacked," she said.
"After the attack, I feel terrified every time I hear motorcycles or people coming from behind me," said Ling Fong, who faced away from Choo when reading her statement.
She said her children now tell her not to withdraw money at night and were afraid to sleep until their father came home.
DPP Shashita Mohd Hanipa urged the court for a deterrent sentence of 10 to 20 years for each charge plus caning, as the injury to Lin Lin could have been fatal.
"While the accused had no priors, the statement by Ling Fong shows the degree of trauma caused by his actions," said DPP Shashita.
Counsel Zainuddin Abd Razak pleaded for leniency saying Choo had committed the crime out of desperation, as he had lost his job and was homeless for a period.
He asked the court not to order his client be whipped as Choo had diabetes.
Judge S.M. Komathy Suppiah said the court could not grant a lenient sentence due to the seriousness of the crime and the injuries caused.
She sentenced Choo to 10 and 13 years for the first and second charges, to run concurrently, and 10 strokes of the rotan for each charge.