SHAH ALAM - A 44-year-old marketing executive with a security services company burst into tears as he begged a Sessions Court judge not to fix a high bail amount after being slapped with four charges for cheating.
"Please help me. I suffer from diabetes and hernia and have a wife and three children to support," Mohamed Thajudeen Mohd Meerah @ Mustaffa begged judge Datuk Noradidah Ahmad.
He also said he had other commitments because he is the eldest in a family of eight children.
Mohamed Thajudeen was first charged of cheating Zulaiha Be Kamaluddeeen of RM10,000 (S$3,700) on Dec 10, 2011 after telling her that he could help settle a case involving the arrest of her son Muhammad Faizal Mohd Farook. At that time, Muhammad Faizal was being detained for robbery at the Gombak district police headquarters.
Mohamed Thajudeen was also charged with cheating Mohd Ainur Jamil of RM6,500 on Dec 13, 2011 after claiming that he could settle his arrest for robbery at the Gombak district police headquarters.
In the third charge, Mohamed Thajudeen is accused of cheating Mohd Ainur's wife Siti Aisah Ahmad Sapian of RM1,500 at the Ampang Sessions Court premises on Nov 29, 2011.
He allegedly told Siti Aisah that he could help "divert" the accusation against Mohd Ainur because the crime was committed by Muhammad Faizal. He had also claimed that he could help clear her name of any involvement in the case.
He faces a jail term of up to 10 years, whipping and a fine for each charge.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission prosecutor Mohammad Heikal Ismail asked the court to fix bail at RM10,000 for each charge.
After listening to Mohamed Thanudeen's plea, Noradidah explained that bail must be in tandem with the crime allegedly committed and told him that his medical problems would be taken care of if he was held in prison.
The judge set bail at RM12,000 with one surety and fixed Feb 17 for mention.