A palm oil plantation worker was sentenced to one year in prison by the Magistrate's Court today after pleading guilty to charges of causing injury to his mother, who refused to give him money, last Monday.
Magistrate T. Ashvinii ordered Chai Chon Tak, 29, to serve the sentence from the date of arrest, which was on the day of the incident.
According to the charge sheet, the man intentionally caused injuries to Hew Yoke Cheng, 50, his biological mother, at a house within the DAP office building, Lorong Taman Langkap Jaya, at around 3 pm on November 27th. The charge was filed under Section 323 of the Penal Code and read together with Section 326A of the same code, which provides for a maximum prison term of one year or a fine of up to RM2,000 or both if convicted.
Section 326A of the Penal Code further stipulates a double imprisonment penalty from the maximum imprisonment period for offenses under the relevant section if found guilty. Deputy Public Prosecutor Izzudin Fakri Hamdan requested a punitive sentence for Chai, considering the injury to the woman and the fact that the accused demanded money in public.
F. Faustina, representing Chai, appealed for a minimum sentence, arguing that his unmarried ward would have to support his parents, and the guilty plea saved court time.
According to the case details, Chai requested RM10, and when his mother refused to provide the money, he punched her left arm while she was with two friends. His mother, refusing to give Chai money due to alleging his drug use, filed a police report as such incidents had occurred frequently, and she was concerned about potential harm to her in the future.