Tuesday March 12, 2013
Bangladeshi pleads not guilty to molest
GEORGE TOWN: A Bangladeshi contract worker charged in a magistrate’s court with molesting his neighbour’s 12-year-old daughter claimed trial to the offence.
Jamal Sharif, 34, was alleged to have used criminal force with the intent to outrage the girl’s modesty in front of her home in Bukit Jambul between 9.55pm and 10.30pm on Jan 19.
He was charged in court on Feb 5 but no plea was taken from him as he could not understand the charge.
The court fixed the case to be mentioned yesterday for an interpreter to be present.
There was no Bangladeshi interpreter present in court yesterday but Jamal, who was represented by counsel Hussaini Abdul Rashid, said he understood the charge and claimed trial.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurakmal Farhan Aziz requested for another mention date pending further documents.
Hussaini asked the court to allow bail as Jamal had a valid passport and visa.
Magistrate Dianne Ningrad Nor Azhar allowed bail of RM10,000 with two Malaysian sureties and fixed April 12 to mention the case.
She also ordered Jamal to surrender his passport and to report to the nearest police station twice a month.
Jamal failed to post bail.