KUALA LUMPUR: A restaurant worker pleaded not guilty at the magistrates’ court here today to charges of stalking a female newsreader at her workplace and on social media last week.
Azhari Azari Abd Rahman, 55, was accused of stalking Ainaa Kamalia Jamaludin, 31, by sending messages on social media and repeatedly going to her workplace at Awesome TV here on Sept 17.
He was charged with the offence under Section 507A of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum prison term of three years or a fine or both, upon conviction.
After the charges were read out in court, Azhari kept saying he only wanted to meet Ainaa. However, he remained silent after being reprimanded by magistrate Atiqah Saim.
Prosecuting officer Sapri Yaakub offered bail of RM3,000 with one surety, but defence lawyer Zaidi Othman informed the court that Azhari’s family was unable to post bail and requested that he be sent to hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
“Previously, he was a registered patient at Kuala Lumpur Hospital but did not go for treatment. I request a date soon for me to get the records,” Zaidi said.
Sapri did not object to the application. Atiqah refused bail and set Oct 6 to obtain records on the accused’s mental health.