Tuesday, April 2, 2013

He said he liked me and then hugged me, woman tells court in trial of ex-Seberang Prai DO

A former central Seberang Prai district officer allegedly told a female staff member that he liked her very much before hugging her in his office, a Magistrate Court heard on Monday.

The woman, Noor Amiza Azmee, said the officer hugged her tightly from the side with his arms wrapped over her chest and back.

She said she warned him that she would report the matter to her husband, to which she claimed that he told her to let her husband know that he liked her very much.

Noor Amiza, 29 was testifying in the trial of Roslan Yahaya, who was charged with using criminal force with intent to outrage the modesty of a woman.

Roslan, 52, was said to have committed the offence on April 26, 2010 at his office in Jalan Betek, Sungai Rambai here.

The charge, under Section 354 of the Penal Code, carries a jail term of up to 10 years, or whipping, or both upon conviction.

Noor Amiza, who relieved a colleague on leave by performing the duties of a secretarial assistant administrator from 8am to 1pm on that day, said she was terrified when Roslan suddenly grabbed her but remained calm as she was afraid he might harm her.

The court then allowed Noor Amiza to step out of the witness stand to demonstrate how the accused had hugged her by requesting a court interpreter to stand in as a model.

Noor Amiza said she tried to break away from his clutches by moving towards the door nearby but claimed that Roslan quickly grabbed the doorknob and prevented her from leaving.

A while later, after keeping up a conversation with him, she said, he then let go of the doorknob and she left the room.

When Deputy Public Prosecutor Amir Hamdzah Othman asked why she did not scream, Noor Amiza said even if she screamed nobody could have heard her as it was about 1pm and her colleagues would have been out on their lunch break.

She said the district officer's room was located quite a distance from the management services room where she works, stressing that it might have been difficult for anyone to hear her screams.

Noor Amiza said Roslan had earlier summoned her to his room to hand over some documents and a file to him.

Lawyer S. Anthonysamy, who represented Roslan, later objected to the prosecution's attempt to bring up the past activities of the accused, which he claimed could be prejudice to the case.

Magistrate Arif Mohamad Shariff then fixed May 20 and 21 to continue hearing as well as to allow both parties to present their arguments before deciding on whether the past activities of the accused could be accepted in the case or not.

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