Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wife posts bail for man charged with raping daughter

KUALA LUMPUR: A wife insisted on posting bail for her husband in the Sessions court here, although he had been slapped with three counts of raping and molesting their 15-year-old daughter.
The husband, a 38-year-old army staff sergeant, had earlier pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
The prosecution, represented by deputy public prosecutor S. Malini Anne, had not offered bail as she was concerned that the accused might harass his daughter further.
However, the accused, from the dock, asked to be granted bail and said his wife was present to post bail for him.
Dressed in a long black robe and a bright pink headscarve, the wife said “Yes”, when the judge repeatedly asked if she was sure of her decision, as the victim was her own daughter.
“As a wife, I know my husband is problematic,” she told the court.
Judge Emelia Kaswati Mohamad Khalid, however, still did not appear satisfied with her answer and continued to grill her.
Emelia: Can you vouch that he will not harass your daughter? Can you ensure that they will live separately?
Wife: Yes.
Emelia: What if he harasses you, or if he has the key to your home? What if he forces you to open the door for him? Puasa (the fasting month), and Hari Raya are coming soon. I'm sure he'll want to see the family. Can you ensure they (father and daughter) won't meet?
Wife: I am fully responsible for my promise.
On the first charge, the man was accused of raping his daughter in a bedroom of their home in Desa Tun Hussein Onn, here, at about 3am on June 21, this year.
This amounts to an offence under Section 376 of the Penal Code, and if convicted, he can be jailed between eight and 30 years, and sentenced to at least 10 strokes of the rotan.
On the second charge, he was accused of molesting his daughter by inserting his finger into her private parts, at the same time and place. He also faces a third charge of molesting the girl by groping her private parts at about 3am, one night in the middle of last year.
Both charges are offences under Section 354 of the Penal Code, and the man can be jailed up to 10 years, or fined, or whipped, or face any two of such punishments, for each charge.
The court finally granted him bail at RM8,000 with one surety for all three charges, with additional conditions that both father and daughter are separated and not allowed to meet at all.
The court also ordered him to report himself to the police station nearest his home once a month, and fixed Aug 2 for mention. - theStarOnline

Tapper charged with biting wife during sex

In the dock: Mohd Shakri being led to the lockup after he was charged.

KUANTAN: A rubber tapper claimed trial at a Sessions Court here to a charge of hurting his wife by allegedly biting her private parts.
Mohd Shakri Ismail, 28, is charged with causing injury to his wife Roshapida Mat Sidik, 23, while trying to have sex with her at their home at Felda Bukit Goh here between 12am and 3.30am on April 21.
If convicted, he could be jailed up to five years.
Mohd Shakri, who was unrepresented, told Sessions judge Noradidah Ahmad that he never hurt his wife.
Noradidah then asked him why there were bite marks on Roshapida's genitals.
Mohd Shakri did not answer the question and pleaded not guilty.
Noradidah fixed bail at RM7,000 and set July 25 for mention. - theStarOnline

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Johari insists man in video not Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat Sungai Petani member of parliament Datuk Johari Abdul said yesterday that the man in the sex video clip was not opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"I watched the 22-minute video and it was not Anwar. Whatever was in the video, I don't know because I don't remember," he said at the Parliament lobby.

Asked why he was seen laughing in the video clip that was posted on http:// and not shocked or outraged by what he was seeing, Johari said as an MP, he could not curse or shout while watching the video.

"I can't curse my uncle (Datuk Shuib Abdul Lazim). I respect him. I am an MP. What do you expect me to do? Show that I was shocked?"

A blog that alleged that Johari had asked for RM1 million for himself and RM1 million each for five MPs. It was alleged that Johari had demanded RM100,000 in advance payment and that the "Datuk T" trio had paid him half the amount.

Johari said he had never asked for any payment. "I was a former government officer. I knew I was being recorded. I just didn't know that they would show me a sex video." - NST

Gaga accused of fraud in Japan relief efforts

LOS ANGELES: American pop star Lady Gaga is accused of misrepresenting charitable donations from wristbands sold to benefit tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan earlier this year.

The complaint, filed in a Michigan court on Friday by 1800 lawfirm, says the star as well as her record label, Universal Music Group, and the Bravado International Group, lacked transparency surrounding the amount of money that was raised from sales of the wristbands and whether those funds were 100% allocated to earthquake and tsunami victims.

After the earthquake and tsunami disasters in March 2011 that devastated Japan, Lady Gaga created the rubber wristbands and the singer’s website advertised that all proceeds from sales of the wristband would benefit victims.

The white rubber bracelets were sold for 5 and inscribed in red with the phrase, “We pray for Japan,” in English and Japanese.

“While we commend Lady Gaga for her philanthropic efforts, we want to ensure that claims that “all proceeds will be donated to Japan’s earthquake relief efforts” are in fact true,” said one of the plaintiff’s lawyers, Alyson Oliver, in a press release.

The suit alleges that the singer and her partners “added additional “shipping charges” in excess of the amount required to ship the wristbands based on their weight, and retained a portion of the shipping charges,” according to court documents.

“This misguided lawsuit is without merit and unfortunately takes attention away from the kind deeds of the fans around the world who are supporting the people of Japan,” said Lady Gaga’s spokeswoman, Holly Shakoor in an email to AFP.

“The entire 5 donation made with the purchase of each bracelet is going to support the disaster relief. No profit is being made on shipping costs. Sales tax charges were made in accordance with local legal requirements,” she added.

The lawsuit seeks damages, “including a return of all amounts paid for the products,” according to the press release.

According to Japanese media, Lady Gaga has so far donated approximately 3 million to disaster zones in the northeast of Japan, most of that from the sale of the wristbands.

The star was in Tokyo last weekend for a charity concert organized by MTV Video Music Aid Japan. -- AFP

German 'vampire' jailed for life

A court in Germany has ruled that a 26-year-old man who murdered two teenagers, chewing on parts of one of them and drinking her blood, will never roam free again.

Jan O. was given a life sentence by the court in Goettingen, central Germany on Monday. He will be sent to a psychiatric unit and will never be released because of the danger he posed to the public.
The defendant had admitted to strangling 14-year-old Nina last November, drinking her blood and chewing bits of flesh from her neck in order, the court found, to "satisfy his sexual desires."
Five days later he strangled 13-year-old Tobias when the boy stumbled across Nina's body in woodland. He initially thought the boy was a girl because of his long hair.
Presiding judge Ralf Guenther said that the alcoholic and drug addict had committed "unimagineable crimes, taking a daughter from her mother and a son from his parents."

Woman sprays cops with breast milk

A woman in the US has been accused of spraying policemen with her breast milk.
Stephanie Robinette, 30, is facing charges including domestic violence, assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Delaware County Sheriff's Office said the cops were responding to a call about a domestic dispute early Saturday.
A man told them that his wife was drinking at a wedding and hit him before locking herself in a car.
Sheriff Walter L. Davis III described the scene: "When deputies approached the vehicle to speak to Robinette, she began yelling profanities and refused to exit.
"The cops attempted to remove her from the vehicle.
"Then, Robinette advised the deputies that she was a breastfeeding mother and proceeded to remove her right breast from her dress and began spraying the cops and the vehicle with her breast milk.
"After more deputies arrived on scene they were able to remove Robinette from the vehicle and place her under arrest."
Source: AP

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Form Six student falls to his death from school building

KAJANG: A Form Six student of SMK Yu Hua here fell to his death from the fourth floor of one of the school's buildings Tuesday morning, moments after attending a counselling session.
Nge Hao Zheng, 18, who was found in a pool of blood on the ground floor, died on the spot from multiple injuries at about 9.20am.
Security guard Shamsol Mazli Abdul Samad, 38, said he heard a loud thud and when he went to take a look, he saw the boy on the ground in a pool of blood.
It is learnt that Nge, who did not have a disciplinary record, was referred for the counselling session after he nudged a female student on Monday.
Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rashid Abdul said Nge had gone for a counselling session between 8am and 9am at the counsellor's office on the third floor of the building.
"Initial investigations revealed that just moments after he came out of the counselling session, he went to the fourth floor of the same building before he fell," he said.
ACP Abdul Rashid said police have classified the case as sudden death, adding that Nge's body was sent to the Serdang Hospital for post mortem. - theStarOnline

Myanmar deports, blacklists Hollywood star Michelle Yeoh

YANGON: Officials in Myanmar say the military-backed government has deported Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh, who stars as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in an upcoming movie.
A government official said Tuesday that the Malaysian actress arrived in the capital Yangon on June 22 and was deported the same day because she was on a government blacklist.
Yeoh plays Aung San Suu Kyi in "The Lady".
The official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the press, did not say why Yeoh was on the list.
Suu Kyi spokesman Nyan Win confirmed Yeoh was deported but did not know why.
The Luc Besson movie about Suu Kyi's life, The Lady, is due out in October.
Suu Kyi spent most of the last two decades detained by the former military junta. She was released last year. - AP

81-year-old sex offender Keith Holmes busted trying to lure 12-year-old girl into his car

81-year-old sex offender Keith Holmes was arrested in Palmdale, Calif., after the mother of a 12-year-old girl said he tried to kidnap her daughter.
Keith Holmes

An 81-year-old sex offender in California just won't learn his lesson.
Convicted child molestor Keith Holmes was busted for trying to lure a preteen girl into his car in Palmdale, Calif., cops said.
A local mom said she saw the liver-spotted perv pull his car up to her 12-year-old daughter at an intersection about 11 a.m. Saturday and ask if she wanted a ride.
After the girl shot him down, Holmes continued to creep alongside her until the girl's mom came over and chased him away, cops said.
Luckily for the family - and neighborhood kids - the dirty old man obeys traffic laws and the mom was able to jot down his license plate when he stopped at a red light, KTLA-TV reported.
Cops tracked him down a short time later and hauled him in on suspicion of kidnapping.
The girl and her mother were not identified.
Local authorities said Holmes was a notorious predator who has been arrested for molesting children twice since December 2009. He was on probation for those arrests.
The Palmdale deputy who cuffed Holmes said his car was filled with shady "items" that would have helped him kidnap a child, but he wasn't specific, KTLA reported.
Holmes was being held on $1 million bail, and he is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. -

Youth changes sex to earn money

A photo of Zhang, taken when he was in the police lock-up
A photo of Zhang, taken when he was in the police lock-up
A youth underwent a sex change operation as he believed it would be easier to make money from men.
Zhang Hailong, a Secondary student then, ran away from home in 2007 after an argument with his parents.
He worked at a bar in Suzhou, China, but was unhappy with the low income.
He complained to a friend who suggested that he "transform" himself into a woman as the GROs at the bar made at least 500 yuan (RM236) a day.
Zhang underwent a sex change operation and changed his name to Juan Juan. He returned to work at the bar as the owner, who bore the surgery cost, had promised to rehire him.
But Zhang could never stand the weird looks from the customers and wanted to work at a place where nobody knew his original identity.
Last year, he followed his netpal Wang Laiqing, 27, to work in Nanjing but the income could hardly cover the expenses of two people.
Then Wang wanted Zhang to stage a show to trick and rob businessman Zhao Bin, who had invited the transsexual for sex.
As the two were at the hotel room, Wang – who acted as Zhang's husband - stormed in and assaulted the innocent Zhao Bin while the transsexual pretended to be crying.
Then, Wang demanded a "settlement fee" from Zhao Bin before snatching away his necklace worth over 6,000 yuan (RM2,835) and wallet containing 500 yuan (RM236).
Zhao Bin asked his landlord to send 3,000 yuan (RM1,418) to Wang at Yanchangqiao Square.
But 30 minutes later, Zhang telephoned Zhao Bin, asking him to pay another 1,000 (RM473) to redeem his wallet.
Zhao Bin lodged a report and the police arrested Zhang but Wang escaped.
Zhang, now 21, was sentenced to four years jail and fined 3,000 yuan (RM1,418) for robbery.

Source: Yangtse Evening Post

Monday, June 27, 2011

Two women taken on terror ride

GEORGE TOWN: Two women were bundled into a car and dumped 10km from where they were abducted at a petrol station in Jalan Masjid Negri here.
Sources said they appeared dazed and could not recall how they ended up in Batu Maung and what had happened to them during the four hours they were held captive after being dragged into the car at about 5am yesterday.
The two, both in the 20s, reported they lost a few hundred ringgit and three handphones to their captors.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the two women had had a few drinks earlier and had stopped at the petrol station to use the toilet.
He said a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) image showed the women going into the toilet at about 3.30am.
Three men came along some 90 minutes later and dragged the victims out from the toilet, bundled them back into their car and drove off.
Eyewitnesses who saw the incident called the volunteer patrol unit, leading to a search for the women.
A police forensic team was later seen lifting fingerprints and looking for clues from the victims' car at the Jelutong police station.
One of the victims spent about 30 minutes at the station to give her statement.
ACP Gan said the police have classified the case as robbery.- theStarOnline

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Indonesian teen star filming in Sabah

Indonesian teen star Olivia Jensen, who has starred in six Indonesian movies, is filming in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, alongside local actor Kamal Adli.
The 18-year-old will be in a Malaysian film called Gerimis Mengundang, a love story inspired by a popular song from the 90s by the pop-rock group Slam.

“I play a good girl. I’m always playing the good girl! I'm acting alongside Kamal, who plays a helicopter pilot that my character Mikha, is in love with,” says the girl of Danish-Indonesian descent.

"It is my first Malaysian film and it’s my first time to Sabah. So I'm very excited," she says.
"Sabah looks beautiful with lots of nature. There are lots of festivals too.  I intend to try and have a holiday there after filming,” she laughs.
Jensen will be filming in Sabah for 20 days.
Although she is new to Sabah, she is very familar with Kuala Lumpur as she has been here a few times and has friends here.
"I know all the cool places to go," she says.

Jensen began acting when she was only 13 and has starred in Indonesian films likeBukan Cinta Biasa and Kembang Perawan.

Gerimis Mengundang will also be shot in Jakarta and is set to be in Malaysian and Indonesian cinemas, next year.
" Hopefully it'll be out by Valentine's's a dramatic love movie," she says.
The film is produced by Erama Creative Sdn Bhd and Excellent Pictures Sdn Bhd.
Jensen, is still in high school, and wants to take a year of to act before furthering her studies in business.

“I need plan B,” smiles the career-minded lass. -

Gay marriage legalised in New York

Married couple of seven years Carl Bazil (left) and Eric Price celebrate in Manhattan's west village following the passing of the same-sex marriage bill by the New York Senate shortly before midnight on Friday.
Married couple of seven years Carl Bazil (left) and Eric Price celebrate in Manhattan's west village following the passing of the same-sex marriage bill by the New York Senate shortly before midnight on Friday.
It’s a long-awaited piece of good news for the gays and lesbians in New York.
Same-sex marriage has just been legalised in the American city following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing into law a gay marriage bill that was narrowly passed by state lawmakers Friday.
New York becomes the sixth state in America after Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the Washington capital district that allows same-sex couples to wed. It’s also the biggest by far, being the third most populous state in the country.
It marks a significant victory for gay rights activists, who are now hoping that this will trigger a ripple effect across the nation in granting marriage equality for homosexuals.
Empire State Pride Agenda executive director Ross Levi said: "Once this is signed into law, the population of the United States living under marriage equality doubles. That's certainly going to have a ripple effect across the nation. It's truly a historic night for love, our families, and democracy."

Saturday, June 25, 2011

'Factory supervisor forced us to have sex'

PORT KLANG: Foreign women eking out a living at a factory here were allegedly forced by their Bangladeshi supervisor to sleep with him, failing which they would be transferred to another state.

Tired of his antics, one of the victims has come forward to spill the beans on their ordeal.

A 24-year-old Cambodian woman said the man in his 30s, who is employed by a local recruiting agency to hire foreign workers for the factory, had victimised many women over the past few months.

"He would show up at the women's quarters at night and force some of them to have sex with him. He would get angry if he was refused and would threaten to transfer the women out.

"Several days later, the women who refused to sleep with him would receive letters of transfer to a factory in another state," she said.

Some of her colleagues complied with his desires for fear of being transferred out.

Although the Cambodian woman had refused to sleep with the man so far, she claims she had been molested by him on several occasions.

She added that most of her colleagues who had to give in to his demands did so because they were unable to bear the cost of transport to move to another state.

The woman and her friends are now living in fear of being transferred out for no reason.

She recently lodged a police report on the matter at the Bandar Sulaiman police station.

A police spokesman said the matter was being investigated. - NST

Fire Department female trainees face bald truth

ALOR STAR: Nineteen women were forced to sacrifice their crowning glory when they registered as trainees at the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Academy in Marang, Terengganu last month.

They had to endure having their heads shaved bald, like their male counterparts, after registering as trainees.

One of the women, Hizyaty Othman, 28, has since quit the department over the "hair today, gone tomorrow" incident.

She said when the trainees turned up at the Wakaf Tapai training camp on May 2, the female trainees were shocked when told that they would be required to shave their heads.

"According to the regulations, there was no need for the female trainees to go bald.

"Instead, it stated that we only needed to trim our hair by six millimetres on the first day, and again, after two months, until the completion of training.

"Thus, I was taken aback when I saw some female trainees being shaved bald, just like their male counterparts, in a room at the camp.

"Initially, the other female trainees and I refused to comply but after thinking about our future, we finally agreed," she told reporters at her house in Taman Berjaya here yesterday.

Her father, Othman Long, 63, said he was informed of the incident by his wife, Hizan Abu Bakar, 56.

"In my years as a uniformed personnel, I know that female trainees were only given a haircut, and not shaved bald," said the retired Customs Department officer.

He said he took his daughter out of the academy the day after her head was shaved before lodging a police report.

Kedah Caring Welfare, Education and Poverty Foundation chairman Zuraidi Rahim, who visited Hizyaty, said he had relayed the matter to Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung. -- Bernama

Back in jail for road rage death

M. Rajisegar being led out of the Shah Alam High Court yesterday after sentencing. — NST picture by Ahmad Irham Mohd Noor
M. Rajisegar being led out of the Shah Alam High Court yesterday after sentencing. — NST picture by Ahmad Irham Mohd Noor
SHAH ALAM: Lorry driver M. Rajisegar was once again found guilty and sent to jail for causing the death of a computer technician.

The High Court yesterday sentenced Rajisegar, 30, to eight years' jail after finding him guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the death of Muhamad Nazri Ismail, who was also a Cheras Umno Youth member.

He was convicted of committing the offence with a "steering wheel lock" in a road rage related attack in Jalan Persiaran Kewajipan, Subang Jaya, between 8.15am and 8.30am on Jan 25, 2005.

In her decision, judge Datuk Zaharah Ibrahim said she found no evidence to show there was any grave or sudden provocation. She, however, found that the prosecution had failed to prove a case under murder. However, she was satisfied that the accused had caused the victim's death.

In 2005, Rajisegar and another man, S. Gunasegaran, were charged with murdering Nazri.

At the end of the prosecution's case, the High Court reduced the charge to culpable homicide and they were ordered to enter their defence.

In 2008, the court found them guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced them to seven years' jail. Both finished serving their time in jail on Oct 2, 2009.

The prosecution subsequently filed an appeal against the court's decision to reduce the charge and it was allowed. The case was then sent back to the High Court and both accused were ordered to enter their defence for murder.

Rajisegar was re-arrested on Jan 24 this year, but Gunasegaran could not be located. Yesterday, Zaharah, in sentencing Rajisegar, said she had taken into consideration his initial seven years' jail and remand since January.

Earlier, counsel Rajpal Singh, who represented Rajisegar, pleaded for leniency, saying his client had already finished serving his jail term.

"He was released from prison on Oct 2, 2009, and got married on June 6 last year. 

"His wife is now six months' pregnant and he is supporting his family and aged parents.

"Deputy public prosecutor Siti Rafidah Zainuddin, however, pressed for the maximum sentence as a lesson to the accused. - NST

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