KUALA LUMPUR - A 38-year-old finance manager has been charged at the Sessions Court here with gang robbery, four days before he is due to get married.
Low Lye Huat, who was accused together with eight men still at large, pleaded not guilty to robbing 34-year-old hotel manager T. Daniel Raj and relieving him of two smartphones, a gold locket and RM2,500 (S$839.80) in cash, which were estimated to be RM18,000 in total value.
The offence was allegedly committed in front of Scott Club, Scott Garden here at 5.15am on Dec 30, 2017.
The accused was charged under Section 395 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same Code, and faces imprisonment up to 20 years and whipping if he is found guilty.
DPP Amira Sariaty Zainal did not offer bail.
Lawyer Jasmine Cheong, who represented the accused, however, asked the court to grant bail.
"He works at a real estate agency and is the sole breadwinner in his family.
"He is getting married this Thursday, has no passport and there is no risk of absconding," Cheong said.
Sessions Court judge Zaman Mohd Noor allowed bail at RM8,000 with one surety.
He also ordered for the accused to report to the nearest police station monthly and not to harass witnesses involved in the case.
The case is fixed for mention on April 17.