Jobless man sentenced to 6 months’ jail for choking, punching sister-in-law over money

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, April 16: A jobless man was sentenced to six months in jail by the Magistrate’s Court here today after he pleaded guilty to choking and punching his sister-in-law over money issues.

Magistrate Mason Jaro Lenya Barayan ordered the jail sentence for 29-year-old Awang Masrah Awang Mustfa, who was not represented by a lawyer, to be enforced starting yesterday.

The accused was charged with intentionally injuring the complainant, a 34-year-old woman on April 12, 2024, at a house in Kampung Sejingkat Jalan Bako at around 3pm.

The charge was made under Section 323 of the Penal Code read together with Section 326A of the Penal Code, which carries a penalty of up to one year in prison or a fine of up to RM2,000, or both, upon conviction.

The case details revealed that the accused acted aggressively, causing a commotion in the house and demanding money from his mother, leading the complainant to reprimand him.

The accused, enraged by the reprimand, choked the victim around the neck and punched her on the left side of her face.

This resulted in the victim suffering from swelling and pain in her neck and the left side of her face.

Following the incident, the complainant filed a police report for further investigation, and the accused was arrested on the same day at around 6.48pm.

A medical report confirmed that the victim had bruises on her neck and the back of her right shoulder.

It was understood that the accused had prior history involving drug abuse.

The prosecution was conducted by Investigating Officer Inspector Merylene Lindan Andrew Mang. — DayakDaily