Cambodian job scam suspect pleads not guilty to 2 charges

The accused being escorted by police officers.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, May 2: The sixth suspect in the Cambodian high-paying job scam case claimed trial to two cheating charges, here, today.

Accused Mohd Ghafal Abdul Jamal, 25, pleaded not guilty to both charges in two Magistrate’s Courts.

In the first Magistrate’s Court, where DPP Muhammad Hafiz Musa prosecuted, he was charged with cheating Ahmad Zakwan by inducing him with an unlawful work offer in Cambodia on Nov 22, 2018, at Waterfront Hotel.

Magistrate Nuruhuda Mohd Yusof set May 29 for pre-trial case management (PTCM) and allowed the accused to be released on a cash bail of RM5,000 with two local sureties but ordered the accused’s passport to be handed over to the court until the case is solved.

In another court, which was prosecuted by DPP Nadratun Naim, Mohd Ghafal was charged with cheating Brenda Welltinnie Winston by offering her hotel work that does not exist in Cambodia on Sept 2018 at RPR Taman Sri Makmur.

Magistrate Mohd Syukri Mokhtar set June 13 for PTCM and allowed the accused to be released on RM3,000 cash bail with two local sureties but ordered the accused to report to the nearest police station fortnightly.

Mohd Ghafal was charged under Section 415(b) of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 417 of the same Code, which carries imprisonment of up to five years or fine or both upon conviction.

He was represented by counsel Fadzillah Osman. — DayakDaily