Datin in maid abuse case goes missing

SHAH ALAM: The Datin whose case sparked outrage after she escaped jail despite being convicted for abusing her maid in 2016 today failed to turn up in court for a review of her sentence.

Rozita Mohd Ali and her bailor were supposed to appear at the Shah Alam High Court to hear the prosecution’s appeal against the Sessions Court’s decision to bind her to a good behaviour bond.

Her lawyer Rosal Azimin Ahmad was also missing in court today.

The court was informed that police could not locate Rozita at her last known addresses in Kuala Lumpur and Melaka.

“Police were frantically looking for the respondent since 1pm yesterday in Damansara and her family home in Melaka, but were unsuccessful,” deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad told the court.

Iskandar, who is the Selangor head of prosecution, said police were also unable to contact Rozita’s bailor, believed to be a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) staff in Subang.

He said police went to the RMAF base in Subang to locate the bailor but his quarters were empty.

“Police last went to the premises about 9.30pm (yesterday) but he was not there,” he said.

Judge Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah set March 29 to hear the prosecutor’s application.

Rozita, 44, was bound over for five years on a bond of RM20,000 by Sessions Court judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar after she changed her plea and pleaded guilty to causing grievous hurt to Indonesian domestic worker Suyanti Sutrinso.

A video of Suyanti seriously injured and lying near a drain in a housing area in Mutiara Damansara had gone viral in December 2016.

It was reported then that Rozita had allegedly used a kitchen knife, a clothes hanger, a steel mop and an umbrella to cause multiple injuries to Suyanti’s head, hands, legs and internal organs.

An online petition against the court’s sentence has attracted close to 70,000 signatures.

Meanwhile DPP V Suloshani told the court that the conditions stated in Rozita’s good behaviour bond were vague.

Tun Majid said the Sessions Court could now impose a jail term if Rozita failed to adhere to the conditions, which include providing the last known residential address.

Speaking to reporters later, Iskandar said he was confident Rozita and her bailor would be present at the next hearing date.

He said there was a misunderstanding in attempting to locate the bailor, but declined to elaborate.

“We called him (the bailor) over the phone but there was no response. Police also posted a notice at the door of the quarters for him to come to court today,” he said.

Iskandar said the lawyer who represented Rozita had informed him that he was no longer representing her.

 

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