KUALA LUMPUR: The defence of being drunk when he hugged his friend’s wife with intention to molest did not help M. Rengasamy, who was handed a four-month jail sentence by the Magistrate’s Court here today.

The tour bus driver had committed the offence at the 32-year-old victim’s home in Cheras here at 6.20am on Feb 26.

The accused, aged 31, was charged under Section 354 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years or a fine or caning or any two of the punishments.

Magistrate Saifulakmal Said ordered Rengasamy who had pleaded guilty to the charge to serve the sentence from his date of arrest on Feb 26.

In mitigation, Rengasamy, who was unrepresented, pleaded for a lenient sentence saying he was drunk at the time and thought he was at his own home.

He expressed remorse over his action.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Raihanah Abd Razak pressed for a deterrent sentence saying a jail term would serve as a warning to others.-- BERNAMA