Court upholds 8 months’ jail term for man who hit wife

tampar-isteriGEORGE TOWN: A former veterinary services department officer has failed in his appeal to quash an eight-month prison sentence meted out to him by a lower court in May last year.

High Court judicial commissioner Abdul Wahab Mohamed found that the Bukit Mertajam Magistrate’s Court made the right ruling in convicting and sentencing Mohammad Affandi Ismail, 40.

Affandi had assaulted his first wife Siti Khadijah Ahmad Ramli, 41, a factory worker in a lift of a private hospital in Bukit Mertajam on Aug 12, 2013.

Affandi was accused of having voluntarily caused harm to Khadijah under the Penal Code.

The magistrate’s court had said the defence failed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution.

“We have no reason to interfere with the decision of the magistrate’s court. Therefore, I order the accused to serve the sentence beginning today,” Wahab ruled.

Affandi was seen shaking his head side from to side, appearing to be upset with the decision.

Affandi had been out on bail since the last ruling. The offence under the Penal Code carries a maximum one-year jail term, up to RM2,000 fine or both upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kamaliza Md Zain prosecuted while R Palaniappan appeared for the defendant.