Woman jailed 8 months after failing to return rented Toyota Alphard

File photo depicting the Kuching Court Complex.

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Feb 10: The Magistrate’s Court here sentenced a self-employed woman to a jail term of eight months to a charge of inappropriately converting a rented motor vehicle for her own use.

Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi sentenced Ngiw May Ling, 46, to a jail term of eight months, with effect from today.

Ngiw was charged under Section 403 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term not exceeding five years and whipping and a fine, upon conviction.

The accused was found guilty of converting a Toyota Alphard belonging to a 35-year-old man, at about 12.30pm on Oct 2, 2020, at Kuching International Airport.

According to the brief facts of the case, the accused rented the said car from the victim on Sept 29, 2020 and a deposit of RM200 was paid.

After a few days, the accused paid a total sum of RM3,500 in cash money to the victim to rent the said car for five more days.

However, the accused did not return the car to the victim after five days and the victim was unable to contact the accused.

The victim then lodged a police report on Oct 26, 2020 after he felt that he was cheated.

Upon investigation, it was found that the accused dishonestly deceived the victim into believing her and caused a loss of around RM343,000 as the accused did not return the car to the victim as promised.

Prosecuting Officer Nur Syafiqa Nyaie Ilin prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented by counsel. — DayakDaily