Penang doctor in court over possession of stolen goods

Neoh Soon Khai at the Magistrate’s Court in George Town today.

GEORGE TOWN: A doctor from Penang Hospital faces 11 counts of being in possession of stolen goods, two of which were read out to him at the Magistrate’s Court here today pending a medical report on his mental health.

The charges against Neoh Soon Khai, 39, are at two separate Magistrate’s Courts here.

The two charges read to him in court today concerned two stolen identity cards and a passport belonging to Wong Wei Ye and Ong Chong Chow Jonathan which were found at his condominium at Gurney Park in Kelawei Road on April 23 and 24.

Neoh was charged under Section 411 of the Penal Code for dishonestly receiving stolen property, which carries a five-year jail term or a fine upon conviction.

No plea was recorded pending receipt of the medical report.

Neoh’s lawyer, K Mahendran, told magistrate Jamaliah Abd Manap that his client was a psychiatric patient who suffered from bipolar disorder, submitting a doctor’s letter from the Bukit Mertajam Hospital as proof.

He also asked that Neoh be examined by a psychiatrist to confirm his mental fitness to stand for trial.

Jamaliah then ordered for Neoh to be sent to the Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta in Perak for a month for psychiatric evaluation. She also set July 29 for case mention.

At a separate court, magistrate Rosnee Abd Radzuan set the same date for mention of the other cases against Neoh.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohammad Syafiq Nasrullah Saleem Ali said outside the courtroom that the 11 charges were also made under Rule 25(1)(o) of the National Registration Regulations 1990 for possession of another person’s MyKad.

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