Businessman in hot soup for cooking up robbery story

The greengrocer who claimed to have been robbed of over RM5,000.

KUCHING: A greengrocer was charged in the Magistrate’s Court here last Monday (Sept 13) for lodging a false report that he was robbed.

The 29-year-old man who claimed to have been robbed of over RM5,000 at knifepoint, admitted filing a false report after spending the money belonging to him and his partner to modify his car.

Padawan District deputy police chief DSP Lim Jaw Shyong said the suspect filed the report on Sept 7 that he had been robbed by two men by the roadside along Jalan Matang.

“During the ‘incident’ the suspect, who was stopped at the side of the road to urinate, said he was approached by two men on a motorcycle on the pretext of wanting to borrow a lighter.

“He claimed he was then beaten and stabbed with a knife and robbed of his possessions,” he said on Wednesday (Sept 15).

Lim said the case was initially investigated under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code but following further interrogation by detectives, the suspect admitted that he had concocted the incident.

“The suspect did so because the cash amounting to RM5,100 from the suspect’s joint venture fruit selling business had actually been used to modify his vehicle.”

The suspect was charged under Section 182 of the Penal Code. The case will be re-read on Oct 26.