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KUCHING, Nov 16: A 33-year-old former policeman who pleaded guilty to molesting an underage boy said that he was not in the right mind (‘tidak waras’) after hearing of the maximum punishment.
The session court Judge Dayang Ellyn Narisa Abang Ahmad thereby ordered Fazlie Zainuddin to be sent to Kota Sentosa Mental Hospital for observation due to the accused’s mental history.
The court applied for the mental assessment report to be made available on or before the next mention date on Dec 15 to ascertain whether the accused is fit to plea or to stand trial.
Fazlie Zainuddin, formerly a Lance Corporal, was previously attached to the management department at the state police headquarters.
He had pleaded guilty to sexually molesting the Form 2 victim under Section 14 (a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 which carries a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment and whippings.
He faced two charges of molesting the boy on Sept 4, at the security booth of Kuching police station by touching his breast and nipples and at a shopping complex a few hours later.
The accused had on Sept 21 pleaded guilty to four charges of forging false documents under Section 465 and 471 of the Criminal Code and sentenced to RM2,000 fine and/or three months’ imprisonment.
He was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment after failing to pay the fine and is currently serving his sentence.
He was previously married in 2012 and divorced two years later. The victim is a family friend. — DayakDaily