KUALA LUMPUR: Sessions Court judge Zamri Bakar today took a swipe at a freelance photographer charged with two counts of insulting Hinduism for changing his plea to not guilty at the last minute.
He said the accused should have informed the prosecution earlier before the proceedings started this morning.
“The court didn't have to wait for your counsel to be present if you decided to change your plea.
“I hope this will not happen again during trial,” he said.
Earlier, the court was adjourned for two hours when the accused informed the court that his counsel had to attend to another case in Raub, Pahang.
On Friday, Zamri Abdul Razak, 52, pleaded guilty to two counts of posting remarks deemed offensive to Hindus on his Facebook page two weeks ago.
He was alleged to have posted the two offensive comments via his Facebook profile ‘Zamri Bin Abd Razak’ with intention to annoy any person.
According to the charges, the contents were read by another Facebook user under the name ‘Saravana Kumar’ at the Cyber Crime and Multimedia Investigation Division, Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Bukit Aman police headquarters, here, at 12.45pm on March 10.
The charge under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 carries a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or both and shall also be liable to a further fine of RM1,000 for every day during which the offence is continued after conviction.
Zamri's counsel Hariz Abdullah subsequently came to court about 12.30pm and apologised for being late.
He said his client wanted to change his plea to not guilty which annoyed the judge.
Deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal said the prosecution too was not informed of his intention to change his guilty plea.
“We also did not know about the lawyer’s appointment.
“Yes, it is his right to change his plea but he should have informed us on the basis of respect,” he said.
The judge then postponed the case to April 1 for mention. The accused is currently on RM15,000 bail.