By Dorcas Ting
KUCHING, May 23: A 56-year-old man today claimed trial to 14 charges of cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property involving a total of RM583,260.
Accused Lim Seng Hua, who was not represented, was charged in four Magistrate’s Courts, and he pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
He allegedly cheated senior citizens around Kuching, Bau, Miri, Sibu and Sarikei by offering to rent their lands. These happened between November 2008 and April 2019.
According to the charge sheet, Lim, who was arrested in Kuching on April 26 this year, induced his victims to pass to him their savings and savings with Amanah Saham by opening a new bank account to avoid being taxed.
He was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries imprisonment of between 1 year and 10 years and liable to whipping and fine if convicted.
In front of Magistrate Mohd Syukri Mokhtar, he was slapped with 5 charges, Magistrate Chai Guan Hock (4 charges), Magistrate Nuruhuda Mohd Yusof (4 charges) and Magistrate Hairol Nizam Morshidi (1 charge).
He was allowed to be released on a total bail of RM34,000 with 15 local sureties.
Mohd Syukri, Chai and Nuruhuda set June 26 for further mention of the case, while Hairol set June 21 for the same purpose. — DayakDaily