Religious teacher gets 2-month jail for filing false police report

Religious teacher gets 2-month jail for filing false police report

A religious school teacher who pleaded guilty to filing a false police report has been sentenced to serve two months in jail.

The court document stated that the defendant, Kamarularifin Zahari, lodged a police report at the Berakas Police Station on May 2, accusing an Indonesian man of threatening him with a knife cutter and robbed him in the vicinity of Pulaie Mosque.

The 27-year-old told the police that the Indonesian man had cut him when he refused to hand over an envelope containing $5,000 from the defendant's bag.

Following investigations, the police later became suspicious of the alleged robbery as there were inconsistencies in the defendant's statement.

Kamarularifin later admitted to the police that he filed a false report and that the robbery never took place. The injuries he sustained were revealed to be self-inflicted using a cutter.

The defendant further said he staged the alleged robbery due to financial problems, and that he was going to have a wedding without the knowledge of his family, including his wife.

In considering her sentence yesterday, presiding Magistrate Hjh Ervy Suftriana Hj Abd Rahman said the defendant had caused public concern and anxiety when he lodged the false report alleging that there is a man who had committed robbery and was still at large.

She went on to say that Kamarularifin's actions were an unnecessary use of the police's time and resources in conducting an investigation on a crime that never existed.

Considering that filing a false report is a serious offence, the court ordered a custodial sentence against the defendant to deter him and others from committing the same offence.

During the proceedings yesterday, Kamarularifin indicated to the court that he would appeal against the magistrate's decision.

The court granted a stay of execution pending a further mention on June 2 on whether the defendant has filed in his appeal before the High Court.

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