Frenchman in Penang charged with threatening neighbour

Sylvain Vidal, 64, outside the magistrate’s court in George Town, Penang, today.

GEORGE TOWN: A 64-year-old Frenchman claimed trial at the Magistrate’s Court here today for hurling a threat at his neighbour.

Sylvain Vidal, was charged with uttering threatening words to Cheah Lim Boon Keong in front of 22, Jalan Sentosa, Tanjung Bungah, at 9.15am on March 15. The actual words used against Cheah were not revealed.

The Frenchman, a wine export manager, has lived in Penang for 20 years under a Malaysia My Second Home visa. He was charged with criminal intimidation, which carries a seven-year jail term on conviction.

He pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out by the interpreter in English.

Vidal’s lawyer V Parthipan told the court that the accused had cooperated with police when he was remanded and had no prior criminal record while living in Malaysia.

He requested that Vidal’s passport not be impounded as his work requires him to travel frequently.

The registrar, Muna Maria Azmi, granted bail of RM7,000 in two sureties and ordered his passport to be impounded until a decision by a magistrate tomorrow about his passport.

Inspector Siti Hajar Jaafar appeared for the prosecution.