Odd job worker acquitted of two charges for causing grievous hurt with parang

The court complex in Kuching.

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Feb 27: The Sessions Court here discharged and acquitted an odd job worker who was charged for causing grievous hurt with a parang.

Moses Manju Verghese, 26, from RPR Batu Kawa, was brought to the court with two charges.

Sessions Court Judge Dayang Ellyn Narisa Abang Ahmad said that the prosecution had failed to prove the ingredients of both the charges on a prima facie basis.

Judge Dayang Ellyn Narisa therefore discharged and acquitted both charges without calling for his defence.

Manju was found to have voluntarily caused grevious hurt with a parang to Andy Ramadhan Abdullah and in possession of an offensive weapon in a public place without lawful authority at about 4pm on July 2, 2019, in a housing area at Taman Desa Wira.

He was charged under Section 326 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grevious hurt by using parang on another person, which carries a maximum imprisonment term of 20 years and a fine or whipping, if convicted.

He was also charged under sub-section 6(1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958, which carries an imprisonment term of not less than five years and not more than 10 years and to whipping, if convicted.

The complainant suffered an incisional wound in the incident.

DPP Ruthra Raj prosecuted while the accused is represented by Counsel Theresa Udam. —DayakDaily