PETALING JAYA - A primary school teacher was freed of a charge of molesting a student after a magistrate's court here acquitted him on the grounds of reasonable doubt.
Magistrate Ahmad Solihin Abd Wahid ruled that Mohd Radzi Misran, 57, had managed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution's case.
Mohd Radzi had been accused of molesting an eight-year-old pupil at a primary school in Subang Jaya on March 29, 2011.
The court found that the prosecution's witnesses' evidence could not support the victim's testimony as it was based merely on what the victim had told the other witnesses.
"However, the victim's testimony still contradicted with other witnesses' statements, especially on how she was molested," said Ahmad Solihin.
In his grounds, Ahmad Solihin found that the prosecution's failure to produce the student's classmates as witnesses also undermined their case as they were unable to determine what Mohd Radzi's behaviour as a teacher was like.
"What he has done appears to be in line with how a teacher would handle the mischievous behaviour of students in a classroom," he said.
Mohd Radzi appeared relieved after his acquittal.
On Nov 30 last year, the same magistrate acquitted Mohd Radzi of a separate charge of molesting a year three student in his school, in March 2011.
Magistrate Ahmad Solihin ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case.
The court also found that a medical report had not been produced to determine the child's emotional capacity.