GEORGE TOWN - Six men and one woman claimed trial in the Sessions Court here to charges of gang robbery, wrongfully confining and gang-raping an Indonesian woman before attempting to sell her in Sungai Golok, Thailand.
Unemployed Faruoq Abdullah, 27, and hypermarket worker Raja Nor Amira Izra Raja Yusoff, 24, denied robbing the woman of gold earrings, a gold ring and mobile phone while inside a car at Persiaran Bukit Jambul at about 6am on Aug 12.
Both the accused together with three others - karaoke outlet worker Raja Mohamad Aliff Raja Yusoff, 20, who is Raja Nor Amira's brother, Andinda Amirul Abdul Rasid, 20, and factory staff Noor Lailatul Badariah Zakaria, 21, - were also charged with confining the woman in a flat at Tingkat Paya Terubong 5, at about 6.30am on the same day.
They denied the offence.
Raja Nor Amira and Raja Mohamad Aliff, together with security guards Mohd Fatihi Ibrahim, 19, and Muhammad Hafiz Muhammad, 20, claimed trial to another charge of gang-raping the woman at the same place between 10am and 4.30pm on Aug 12.
DPP Charanjit Singh urged the court not to grant bail to the accused.
"The alleged offence is great and the degree of punishment is high.
"There is also the danger of the accused absconding.
"After the incident, they had tried to sell the victim in Thailand, which could mean that they have connections in Thailand and could abscond," DPP Charanjit told the court.
Counsel Cheah Eng Soon represented the five accused in the wrongful confinement case.
Judge Zaharah Hussain allowed the accused bail of RM6,000 each with one surety.
The court also fixed the cases to be mentioned on Oct 20 pending the medical and chemist reports.