By Dorcas Ting
KUCHING, May 10: A Chinese national claimed trial today to a charge of cheating a 55-year-old woman of RM180,000 in cash and jewellery.
Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi fixed June 11 for pre-trial case management and ordered that the accused be further remanded in prison and her international passport be kept by the court until the trial is over.
Li Yufen, 34, was charged together with two others who are still at large for cheating their victim at a parking space of Block C MJC Batu Kawa at about 4pm on April 11.
The trio allegedly deceived their victim by telling her that her house was haunted nine years ago and is still occupied by an evil spirit that intends to marry her son. The victim was told that her son would die if they got married.
Li allegedly then told the victim that she could help to perform exorcism rituals but on one condition — the victim has to withdraw her savings of RM180,000 and give them her jewellery, too.
All three of them were charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code to be read together with Section 34 of the same Code, which carries imprisonment term of not less than one year and not more than 10 years and whipping and liable to fine, upon conviction.
Prosecuting officer Muzaffar Shah Ibrahim prosecuted, while the accused was not represented. — DayakDaily