GEORGE TOWN: The mute Korean pastor who was charged with two counts of outraging the modesty of two men at Butterworth two weeks ago, face another similar charge at the Magistrate Court here.
However, the charge was not read to him before Magistrate Rosnee Mohd Ridzuan. It is because there was no foreign interpreter required for sign language.
In 2000, Jee Jon Hun, 54, was accused of using illegal force against a 40-year-old victim. He is touching his private parts, embracing, kissing his cheek and lips with a view to outraging his modesty at a house in Gelugor.
According to Section 354 of the Penal Code, the offence allows for up to 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine, caning, or any two of the penalties.
As the charge was not read, Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhammad Shahrezal Mohd Shukri proposed that the court not grant bail.
Nonetheless, Counsel G. Shanmugam said the accused has been charged with similar offences and has been out on bail since Dec 18.
Adlin Farhana Ismail, who also represented the defendant, pointed out that the Code of Criminal Procedure required bail for the crime to be issued.
With two Malaysian assurances, Rosnee set bail at RM6,000. Bail posted by Jee.
On the 29th of every month before the next court date, she also directed Jee to report to the nearest police station. And also not to threaten victims or witnesses in the case.
Next year, she scheduled Feb 9 for case reference. And for the charges to be read to Jee by an interpreter in international sign language.
The pastor was confirmed to have been arrested on suspicion of molesting individuals with disabilities.
Five men, aged between 27 and 40, who were autistic and members of a deaf group, were reported to have been molested.
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