Car wash worker charged with extorting student

Car wash worker charged with extorting student

KUALA LUMPUR - A car wash attendant was charged in a magistrate's court with extorting money from a student and threatening to upload indecent photos of her.

The 19-year-old also allegedly threatened to harm her and burn her house down.

M. Surenther is accused of extorting RM4,800 (S$1,722) from a private college student in Taman Bukit Anggerik in Cheras at 6pm on Jan 20.

Surenther, who had just married a 26-year-old woman two weeks ago, allegedly threatened to upload indecent photos of the student on Facebook and YouTube and harm her by burning down her house.

He was charged under Section 384 of the Penal Code here yesterday. If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in jail or a fine or whipping or any of the two.

DPP Raihanah Abdul Razak pointed out that extortion was a non-bailable offence and did not propose bail.

"However, if the court allows bail, we ask for a high amount with additional conditions," she said.

Surenther's wife was present in court to bail him out.

Magistrate Saifulakmal Said allowed bail at RM3,000 with one surety and imposed additional conditions - that Surenther not be allowed to harass the victim or the witnesses in the case.

"You are also not allowed to upload photos or make comments about the victim on social media," he said.

Surenther was represented by counsel Fahmi Adilah.

The magistrate then set July 30 for next mention.

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