GEORGE TOWN - An unemployed man who robbed a family of four and took them on a terror ride was sentenced to 12 years' jail and six strokes of the rotan.
M. Paramasivan, 32, pleaded guilty in the Sessions Court to committing a gang robbery while armed with a knife at a house in Taman Hutchings, Jelutong, at 4.30am on July 3.
The robbery was committed with another man, who was still at large.
Paramasivan was charged with robbing Teh Poh Sim, 49, of a car, two laptops, three gold rings, a gold anklet, two credit cards, four MyKads, four passports, two walkie talkies, two iPads, four mobile phones and RM4,000.
Paramasivan, from Bedong in Kedah, originally claimed trial when he was first charged on Aug 4 but changed his plea yesterday.
He also admitted to the statement of facts that he and another man had broken into the house and tied up Teh, her husband Ooi Hui Leng, 51, and their two teenage daughters before ransacking the place.
Paramasivan pointed a knife at them and made them get into their car before he and his accomplice took the family for a drive. When they neared the Megamall Pinang in Seberang Prai, Ooi leapt out of the car.
The two men then let Teh and her daughters out when they got to the Tikam Batu area near Sungai Petani in Kedah.
Paramasivan, who was unrepresented, pleaded for leniency, saying he had broken his leg in an accident and was the sole breadwinner in his family.
Judge Zulhazmi Abdullah ordered him to serve his jail term from his date of arrest on July 19.