GEORGE TOWN - A fisherman calmly told the Sessions Court that he was claiming trial when the charge for attempted rape was read out to him by the court interpreter.
Nor Azizi Abdul Razak (pic) pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted rape on a 26-year-old New Zealand tourist near the beach in Tanjung Bungah.
The 28-year-old man from Sungai Batu in Teluk Kumbar was charged with committing the offence at about 11.45am on Sept 3.
His charge under Section 376 (1) of the Penal Code was read together with Section 511 of the same code, which carries a maximum 10 years' jail and whipping upon conviction.
Sessions judge Norsalha Hamzah earlier set bail at RM20,000 but Nor Azizi pleaded with the court for a lower amount saying he had to take care of his family including his mother, who has colon cancer.
She then set bail at RM10,000 with one surety and ordered Nor Azizi to report himself to the nearest police station on the first of every month until the case is closed.
Norsalha then set mention for Oct 13, instructing Nor Azizi to appoint a lawyer from the National Legal Aid Foundation.
It was reported on Saturday that the tourist, who was taking a shortcut back to the hotel, was allegedly raped near the beach in Tanjung Bungah.
It was learnt that a man had tailed the victim before grabbing her and taking her to a back alley.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said that a fisherman, who tested positive for methamphetamine, was arrested at his house in Bayan Lepas at 1.30am on Sept 8 in connection with the incident.