AMPANG – A Pakistani teacher and his local wife were charged at the Magistrate Court today for abusing a child at the tahfiz centre managed by them in Taman Tun Abdul Razak since early March this year.
The first accused, Muhammad Yaqoob, 35, however pleaded not guilty to the charges read to him before Magistrate Normaizan Ibrahim. The accused and his 52-year-old wife are the owners of the tahfiz centre.
According to the charge paper, the accused is charged for intentionally causing harm using a cane that caused injury on the seven year-old boy at a tahfiz centre at No.25 Jalan 5, Taman Tun Abdul Razak, Ampang.
The charge was framed under Section 324 of the Penal Code (Act 574) that carries the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, or whip, or both, upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Suriantiazila Mohamad led the prosecution, meanwhile, the accused was represented by Dony Abdullah from Dony&Co.
Normaizan then set bail at RM5,000 with two local sureties and additional condition for the accused to report himself at the nearest police station every month. He also cannot disturb the victim throughout the proceeding.
Meanwhile, his wife, Norizan Yahaya was charged separately before Magistrate Fara Nasiha Anwar on the similar offence.
The woman, however, pleaded not guilty for voluntarily causing hurt to the same child.
The charge was framed under Section 323 of the Penal Code that carries the maximum imprisonment of one year or the maximum find of RM2,000 or both upon conviction.
The Magistrate then set bail at RM2,000 with a surety. She must also report herself to the nearest police station once a month and is not allowed to disturb the victim until the case is resolved.
On 26 April, the Ampang Jaya District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Mohamed Farouk Esha verified the arrest of the couple after they were being suspected for abusing a child at the tahfiz centre in Taman TAR.
During the raid by the D11 Division Police from the Selangor Criminal Investigation Department, the police also rescued eight other students aged between seven and 15 years-old, who had also allegedly became the victims of abuse of the couple.
Investigation found that the seven year-old boy sustained old and new injuries all over his body after an examination at the hospital.
Meanwhile, no other physical injury was found on the eight students rescued by the police. –MalaysiaGazette