Robbers’ sentences reduced to 13 years’ jail, six lashes

The two inmates (in white) escorted out of the courtroom after their sentences were reduced.

KUCHING: Two inmates, who have been sentenced to 18 years’ jail and six lashes of the cane for robbery, have their penalties reduced to 13 years in prison and six lashes yesterday (Mar 22).

In their appeal Mohamad Hasrul Seliman from Kampung Tanjung Pisang, Simunjan and Mohd Kamarul Wahab from Kampung Tabuan Lot argued that their sentences were a bit too heavy.

After examining the sentences, a panel of Court of Appeal judges led by Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah, Datuk Ravithran Paramaguru and Datuk Gunalam Muniandy unanimously allowed the appeal through lawyer Simon Siah and changed the jail sentences to 13 years while upholding the caning sentence.

The third appellant, Abdullah Lapok from Kampung Boyan, did not appeal because he was satisfied with the sentence he received, which is 10 years in prison with four lashes of the cane.

The three appellants were charged for gang robbery under Section 395 of the Penal Code and read with Section 397 of the Penal Code.

They robbed a woman of her purse and an i-Phone 6 while armed with an axe at 11.05pm in front of a house in Jalan Keranji, Tabuan Desa on June 1, 2016.

All the appellants started serving their jail terms on August 28, 2017.