The Datin, whose light punishment for horrendously abusing a maid drew flak from the public, legal fraternity and humanitarian organisations, was a no-show in court today.
- Jail term could be imposed on Datin for failing to adhere to conditions of bond
- Action can be taken against bailor
- Defence team no longer representing housewife
The Shah Alam High Court has fixed March 29 to hear an application for a review on the sentence meted against a Datin who was charged with causing grievous hurt as the Datin and her bailor failed to appear in court.
Justice Tun Abd Majid Tun Hamzah gave the prosecution a week’s time to trace Datin Rozita Mohamad Ali and her bailor, a Royal Malaysian Air Force official, after Selangor prosecution director Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad told the court that the duo could not be contacted.
He said attempts to serve the notice on Rozita and the bailor were made right till late last night.
Iskandar said that they went to Rozita’s house in Damansara and her family’s home in Melaka, but no one was around.
He added that they went to the bailor’s address at the Airforce camp in Subang but the house was vacant and the notice was pasted on the door.
The judge said that action can be taken against the bailor, being a government officer, for not appearing in court today.
DPP V Suloshani informed the court that the conditions stated in Rozita’s good behaviour bond were vague.
The judge 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.
Other than the local media, Indonesian reporters and officials from the Indonesian Embassy were also seen in court.
On March 15, Rozita was bound over for five years on a good behaviour bond of RM20,000 for causing grievous hurt to her maid Suyanti Sutrinso, 21.
Judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar meted out the sentence against Rozita after she pleaded guilty to an amended charge under Section 326 of the Penal Code for causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means.
Rozita, 44, was accused of using among others, a kitchen knife, a mop and an umbrella to attack Suyanti at a house in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, between 7am and 12pm on June 21, 2016.
She could have been given up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine, and whipped.
Mokhzani’s decision sparked a nationwide outrage, with everyone from the public to lawmakers and non-governmental organisations calling for a review of the sentence.
Bukit Gelugor MP and lawyer Ramkarpal Singh described the bond as illegal while the Attorney-General’s office filed a notice of inadequacy against the Sessions Court’s decision.
An online petition against the court’s sentence has collected close to 70,000 signatures.
Rozita was initially charged under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.
When met outside the court, Iskandar told the press that his team had made many attempts to find Rozita and her bailor, but were not able to locate them, adding that calls to the bailor’s mobile phone also went unanswered.
He revealed that Rozita’s defence team had also only informed him late yesterday, that they were no longer representing her.
“No, no still around, still around,” he, however, said, when asked if the bailor had fled.
He also expressed confidence that the housewife and her bailor, whose name was not disclosed, can be found, saying that they were still in Kuala Lumpur.