Crime & Courts

Korean man charged with using fake document

KOTA KINABALU: A 33-year-old Korean project manager was charged with using a fake document at the magistrate's court here.

Lee Chang Whan who appeared before magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The project manager was accused of using a fake Amendment Subcontract Agreement between Hyundai Engineering Sdn Bhd and Budiwan Sdn Bhd for Piling Work (Reinforcement) on Sept 22, 2023, at a company in Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP), Sepanggar.

The offence under Section 471 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 465 of the same Code carries a jail term of up to two years or a fine or both upon conviction.

The court fixed June 10 for case management and allowed Lee to be released on a RM8,000 bail with two local sureties.

The court also allowed Lee's passport to be returned to him for renewal of his working permit. Upon completing the renewal process, his passport needs to be submitted to court pending the disposal of the case.

Another issue related to the passport will be addressed during the next mention.

Inspector Suzie @ Stephanie Kupit prosecuted.

In a separate case, a secondary school teacher accused of sexually assaulting his student had claimed trial in the Sessions Court here.

The 30-year-old from Melaka pleaded guilty before judge Elsie Primus.

The man was charged for committing the offence by touching the 15-year-old girl's private part on Feb 21, at noon in Penampang.

The offence under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 provides for a jail term of up to 20 years, and whipping, upon conviction.

The court fixed Nov 27-29 for trial and allowed the accused to be released on RM20,000 with RM10, 000 to be deposited under three local sureties. The court ordered one of the sureties must be a local.

The court ordered the accused to report to the police station in Melaka twice a month and his passport to be surrendered to court pending disposal of the case.

Deputy public prosecutor Siti Hajar Mazlan prosecuted, while Siti Mahsuri Binti Dicky and Reagan Moo Fei Liq represented the accused.

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