KUALA LUMPUR - A company managing director was acquitted and discharged by the Sessions Court here for cheating a former Sime Darby project manager via two cheques totalling RM234,420 (S$91,247) four years ago.
Judge Mat Ghani Abdullah made the decision after the defence had succeeded in establishing reasonable doubt in the case involving Leong King Ho, 48, yesterday.
Mat Ghani meted out the sentence on grounds that the evidence by first prosecution witness, who was also the complainant Lim Chor Yee, 38, was not convincing as he (Lim) himself had spent the company's money without making any progress to its development.
Leong was charged with cheating former Sime Darby project manager Hisham Harun by inducing Hisham into believing that Syarikat Xcendex was an "associate company" of Syarikat Ascendex.
He had induced Hisham into making payment which was supposed be received by Syarikat Ascendex to Syarikat Xcendex via two cheques of RM80,920 and RM153,500 each.
The alleged offence took place at No 108A, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here on March 6, 2009.
Leong was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum of 10 years' jail and whipping and shall also be liable to a fine if convicted.
On Aug 20, Leong was ordered to enter his defence after the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against him.
Counsel V. Stanislaus and K. Ganesan appeared for Leong while Amira Sariaty Zainal was the deputy public prosecutor.