GEORGE TOWN, Sept 6 — Four youths were slapped with 13 gang robbery charges and 54 charges of fraudulent possession of property in four different separate courts here today.
Three brothers and a friend were taken from two sessions courts to two magistrate courts where they were jointly charged with the 67 offences under the Penal Code and Minor Offences Act 1955.
All four of them pleaded not guilty to all charges and claimed trial while the courts allowed them bail for all cases.
The first three charges were read out before Sessions Court Judge Khairul Anuar Abdul Halim.
Mohammad Firdaus Samsuri, 25, Mohammad Fairuz Samsuri, 27, their 20-year-old brother, whose identity could not be revealed as he is still underage, and Mohamed Yaser Yacabpu Ghani, 21, were jointly charged with committing gang robbery on a 69-year-old senior citizen and also for robbing three handphones and RM1,000 from two foreigners.
They allegedly committed all three offences at Lorong Sungai Dua in Gelugor sometime between 2am and 3am on Aug 4.
Khairul Anuar allowed them bail of RM20,000 each in one surety for these three charges.
In the same court, Mohamed Yaser and the 20-year-old were also jointly charged with robbing a foreigner of a handphone and RM500 at Taman Bukit Jambul at around 2am on July 31.
For this offence, the judge allowed the duo bail of RM8,000 each in one surety.
On top of this, Mohammad Fairuz, Mohamed Yaser, the 20-year-old and another still at large also faced three other charges of robbing three Nepalese of four handphones, RM570, six top up cards, two passport copies and two ATM cards.
They allegedly committed the offence at Gurdwara Road at around 11pm on Aug 5.
For these offences, the trio were allowed bail of RM20,000 each in one surety.
Khairul Anuar fixed Oct 9 for mention of the seven cases in his court.
All seven charges are under Section 395 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail sentence of 20 years and liable to be caned, if convicted.
All four youths were then taken to another Sessions Court and charged with six other robbery offences.
They allegedly jointly robbed RM50 from a woman at Lorong Sungai Dua sometime between 2am and 3am on Aug 4.
Then they were also charged with two other offences of robbing two foreigners of four handphones and a laptop at Jalan Osman Kadir Lit at around 11.40pm on August 17.
Mohammad Fairuz, Mohamed Yaser, the 20-year-old youth and another still at large then jointly faced three charges of committing gang robbery against three foreigners.
They allegedly robbed the foreigners of three handphones, a watch and RM830 at Lebuh Sandilands at around 10.30pm on August 17.
They were charged under Section 395 of the Penal Code for all six offences.
Sessions Court Judge Zulhazmi Abdullah allowed them bail of RM5,000 each in one surety for each charge they faced and fixed October 25 for mention of the cases.
After this, Mohammad Firdaus and the 20-year-old youth were jointly slapped with 18 charges of fraudulent possession of property at a magistrate’s court.
They were charged under Section 29 (1) of the Minor Offences Act 1955 for fraudulent possession of property which carries a jail sentence of one year or a maximum fine of RM1,000 upon conviction.
They claimed trial to all the offences and magistrate Sri Pracha Nanthini Balabedha allowed them bail of RM1,000 each in one surety for each charge.
Mohammad Firdaus and his 20-year-old brother were then taken to another magistrate’s court where they were charged with 36 offences of alleged fraudulent possession of property.
The duo claimed trial to all charges and magistrate Umma Devi Logananthan allowed them bail of RM3,000 each in one surety for the first 12 charges while they were allowed bail of RM2,000 each each in one surety for the remaining 24 charges.
October 24 was fixed for mention of all the 36 cases.
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