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KUALA LUMPUR: A former car salesman pleaded not guilty today to committing criminal breach of trust with RM3,000 of a car dealership customer's purchase deposit.
Nawi Yunus, 53, allegedly took RM3,000 given to him by a customer as deposit for purchase of a car but kept it without handing it over to employer Kah Motor Co Sdn Bhd.
He was alleged to have committed the offence on the firm's premises at Jalan Chan Sow Lin, Cheras, here, on May 21, 2008.
The firm's assistant sales manager made a police report on Aug 20 the same year. Police arrested the accused on Oct 12, 2011.
It is understood that the victim is a 34-year-old military officer who wanted to purchase a Honda car from the said dealership.
Nawi may be punished with a maximum 14 years' imprisonment and whipping as well as possible fine if convicted.
Clad in blue work clothes, the accused claimed trial to the charge when it was read out to him in court.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Nazneen Zulkifli applied for bail be set at RM10,000 with one surety.
Counsel Noor Asnie M. Salleh, acting for the accused, pleaded for RM2,000 bail because her client is no longer employed by the firm.
"He is now a freelancer," she informed the court.
She added that her client has four children, with the eldest studying at a Universiti Teknologi Mara(UiTM) branch at Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
"He has also refunded the RM3,000 to the victim," the counsel claimed.
The DPP then reminded the court that a low bail amount is insufficient to ensure the accused attend proceedings.
Sessions Court judge S.M. Komathy Suppiah granted RM4,000 bail with one surety and ordered Nawi to report to the Wangsa Maju police station once a month.
"He is to report to the police station before or on the seventh day of each month starting June," the judge added.
She then fixed June 8 for mention.
The accused posted bail through his wife.