Aug 27, 2012

Judge says... Public interest best served!

“It will form part of the person’s criminal record and will remain there for the rest of his life. In this case, the appellant was given a suspended prison sentence. He has to behave himself for a five-year period. If he behaves he will escape the jail sentence.

“If he fails to observe the conditions of his bond, he will then be arrested and dealt with the original offence of rape. Like the learned Malacca Sessions Court judge, we hope the suspended sentence would give him another chance in life and that he will turn over a new leaf.
“If the order of a suspended prison sentence has the effect of rehabilitating him, then public interest has indeed been served and best served,” he said in his 14-page written judgment which is out today.

Front row, from left) Chief Justice Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria, Chief Judge of the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Panglima Richard Malanjum and Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif at a judges’ conference in Putrajaya 16-1-2012. Behind them is Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin.

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