STILL TRAUMATISED: Man sentenced to 13 years' jail, 10 strokes for robbing and stabbing bank officer, sister
KUALA LUMPUR: A BANK executive's three young children watched helplessly from a car as their mother and aunt were being chased and attacked by a man with a knife last month.
Their mother, Chai Ling Fong, 30, relived the ordeal when she told the Sessions Court yesterday how she was robbed of RM1,000 which she had withdrawn from an automated teller machine (ATM) and was hurt with a knife while her sister, Chai Lin Lin, 34, who rushed to her aid, was stabbed in the chest and leg.
Yesterday, unemployed Choo Wei Yang, 46, pleaded guilty to the robbery and causing hurt and was sentenced to 13 years' jail and 10 strokes of rotan for each of the two charges by judge S.M. Komathy Suppiah.
Choo, in the first charge, admitted to robbing Ling Fong of RM1,000 at the Public Bank branch in Jalan Kuchai Lama at 10pm on Dec 1 and hurting her with a knife. In the second charge, he pleaded guilty to having hurt Lin Lin at the same time and place.
Ling Fong, in her victim impact statement yesterday, related how her children, aged 7, 4 and 2, were in the car with Lin Lin, and had watched their mother being chased by Choo.
She said that Lin Lin then came to her aid and was stabbed in the chest.
"If he had stabbed her any harder in the chest, my sister would have died."
Ling Fong also told the court that her children were afraid to let her go out in the night since the incident and that her eldest daughter would wait up until the father got home before going to bed.
"We live in an apartment and when it gets hot and I want to open the windows, my children will not allow me to."
In mitigation, Choo's lawyer, Zainuddin Abdul Razak, said his client was drunk at the time of the incident and had not intended to hurt the sisters.
"He has had a tough life, with no proper family. He was desperate at the time and had resorted to drinking that day."
Deputy public prosecutor Shashitah Mohamed Hanifa pressed for a heavy sentence, to serve as a lesson to the accused.
She said the family was traumatised by the incident.
According to the facts of the case, after the accused had robbed Ling Fong and hurt the two sisters, he was caught by two Myanmar nationals who chased after him.
Komathy ordered the sentences to run concurrently.