Man gets more jail time, whipping for gang robbery following appeal

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, May 29: A Sri Aman resident who was put behind bars for four years in February this year for gang robbery will now have to squat in jail for another 6 years plus 3 strokes of the rotan.

The High Court here today enhanced the sentence on Abdul Hamid Abdul Aziz following an appeal by the prosecution, which was led by DPP Musli Abdul Hamid,

On Feb 15 this year, Sessions Court Judge Jason Juga sentenced Abdul Hamid to four years’ jail for robbing a youth of his smartphone with two others on March 17 at 11.45am at Kuching Waterfront last year. The other two accused are still at large.

Following the appeal, High Court Judge Lee Heng Cheong ruled that the sentence meted out by the Sessions Court was inadequate. He then increased the jail sentence to 10 years with 3 strokes of the rotan.

Abdul Hamid, who was not represented, was charged under Section 395 of the Penal Code, which carries imprisonment that may extend to 20 years and whipping, if convicted. — DayakDaily