15 years’ imprisonment, 6 cane strokes for ‘organ trafficker’

The Kuching Court Complex. File Photo

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Sept 3: The Sessions Court here sentenced a man to 15 years’ imprisonment and six strokes of the cane after he was convicted of three criminal breaches of trust charges.

Shaifullizan Abdul Mutalib, 48, was initially held under remand for allegedly trafficking in human organs.

However, police investigations found that he was not involved in any of the alleged human organ trafficking activities but in CBT.

He pleaded guilty to all three charges involving CBT at the Sessions Court here today.

In his mitigation, he said that he had four children aged between 8 and 15-years-old. His wife is also suffering from lung and kidney problems. Thus, he prayed for the leniency of the judge in passing sentence.

Sessions Court Judge Steve Ritikos accepted his guilty plea and convicted him as charged.

Ritikos sentenced the accused to imprisonment of 5 years and two strokes of whipping for each charge. He also ordered the imprisonment term to run consecutively, from August 27, 2020.

Concerning today’s charges against the accused, he was charged with wrongfully taking his staff’s smart card to issue three payment vouchers amounting to RM249,101.25 between April 4, 2012 to November 16, 2012, to two individuals and one company while he was working as an accounts assistant at Sarawak Insolvency Department.

Upon investigation by the auditors, the three payees were found to have had no dealings nor any prior official records with the Department of Insolvency that would entitle them to the payment vouchers.

Shaifullizan was charged under Section 409 of the Penal Code, which carries an imprisonment term of between two and 20 years, and with whipping and liable to a fine, upon conviction.

DPP Danial Ilham Kamaruddin prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented by counsel. — DayakDaily