S'pore chef pleads not guilty to having sex with another man in Johor

JOHOR BARU - An award-winning chef of a culinary competition has pleaded not guilty to committing carnal intercourse with ano­ther man.

The accused, Singaporean Muhammad Mustaqim Juri, 38, claimed trial before Session Court judge Meor Sulaiman Ahmad Tarmizi when he was charged here yesterday.

Muhammad Mustaqim was said to have committed the act on the 22-year-old at a car park area in Jalan Persiaran Tanjung, Tampoi, at around 2.30pm on Dec 10.

Judge Meor Sulaiman set bail at RM40,000 (S$13,050) with one surety and ordered the accused to surrender his passport.

The case was fixed for re-mention on Jan 17.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Syee Marlina Uttaman prosecuted while Mohd Ashram Zakaria represented the accused.

Muhammad Mustaqim was the runner-up of a Malay language culinary competition called Chef Selebriti in 2007, organised by a Singaporean television channel.

He now works as part-time chef and a beauty consultant here, commuting regularly between Singapore and Johor Baru.

It was reported in Singaporean papers that Muhammad Mustaqim, a divorcee with three children aged between three and seven, had previously sexually abused a then 13-year-old boy.

The act took place for about six hours between 6.30pm and midnight in September 2011 at his flat in Jurong, Singapore.

He was jailed in June 2013 for four years and given three strokes of the cane for the offence.