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18-year-old pleads guilty to bribing policeman

IPOH: An 18-year-old boy pleaded guilty in a Sessions Court to giving RM50 as bribe to a policeman to not take action against him for riding a motorcycle without a helmet.

The offence took place in front of a school in Pasir Bongak, Pangkor, at about 2pm  on April 18.

Sessions judge S. Indera Nehru set Sept 11 to hear the facts of the case and for sentencing, while waiting for the accused to appoint a lawyer for mitigation and for the Welfare Department to carry out a social evaluation report.

She set bail at RM5,000 with one surety.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission DPP Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin said since the accused was below the age of 21, a social evaluation report was necessary.

Asking for a lower bail amount, the boy said his father had passed away and his mother was working in Singapore.

“I am not schooling anymore and work as a mechanic with a low salary.

“My older brother is in court to bail me out,” he said in Mandarin through a court interpreter.

He was charged under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act for giving or accepting gratification.

He faces a jail term not exceeding 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

In the same court, a retired Geoscience officer pleaded not guilty to accepting a RM300 bribe.

R.Thangavelu, 61, claimed trial to the offence which occurred on Sept 4, 2015, while he was still serving in the government department.

The offence allegedly took place at his office room on the First Floor, Geochemical Laboratory Building, Technical service Division, Mineral and GeoscienceDepartment here at about 4.10 pm on Sept 4, 2015.

He was charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code and faced an imprisonment for up to two years, or with fine, or both, if found guilty.

Indera set a bail for RM9,000 with one surety, and fixed Aug 29 for mention, and for the accused to appoint a lawyer.–thestar.com.my

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