Man pleads not guilty to tampering with utilities equipment

The court complex in Kuching.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Aug 23: A 51-year-old man claimed trial in the Sessions Court today to three charges of tampering electricity meter installation, altering electricity meter and illegally supplying energy to other persons.

Drahman Maludin from Kampung Tabuan Melayu pleaded not guilty to all the charges before judge Marutin Pagan, who fixed Nov 6 and 8 for trial.

According to brief facts of the case, he committed the offence on March 26, 2014 at about 10am at a house in Kampung Tabuan Selipar Putus, Tabuan Hilir here.

In the first charge under Section 33(3) of the Electricity Ordinance, he was accused of willfully tampering electricity meter that would likely cause danger to human life and other property.

The charge carries an imprisonment for five years with or without a fine, upon conviction.

In the second count, he was charged under Section 33(5) of the same Ordinance, for altering the electricity meter.

He faced a fine of RM100,000 or imprisonment for five years or both, if convicted.

In the third charge under Section 33(1) of the same Ordinance, he was charged with illegally supplying energy from an installation for the use of other persons.

This charge carries a fine of RM100,000, upon conviction.

DPP Ronald Felix Hardin prosecuted while the accused is represented by counsel Hani Iryani Bonny.— DayakDaily