A criminal lawyer just became a criminal after he was convicted for making a death threat against a fellow lawyer.
A Suayri, 56, was found guilty of uttering a death threat to lawyer Datuk Suraj Singh during a Selangor Bar event at the Lake View Club in Subang Jaya, at 11.35pm on May 24, 2014.
The threat that Suayri uttered was, “If I see you anywhere, you better watch. If you don’t withdraw your complaint, I’m going to cut and kill you.”
The threat was made to intimidate Suraj into withdrawing a complaint he had made against Suayri, claiming he had been poaching Suraj’s cases.
Magistrate Mohd Azali Ibrahim ruled that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt and sentenced Suayri to nine months’ jail and a RM10,000 fine.
Suayri’s counsel Liow Boon Lee asked for the sentence to be stayed pending appeal as the accused had many clients depending on him.
Suayri faces the risk of being disbarred if he is jailed or fined.
DPP N Sivashangari argued that it was unreasonable to stay the sentence on such a reason, as the accused knew that his sentencing was today and should have put his affairs in order beforehand.
The court stayed the sentence but imposed additional conditions that a notice of appeal be filed immediately and the accused’s bail increased from RM1,500 to RM5,000.
Suayri, who was seen leaving the courtroom in handcuffs, paid his bail.
Suraj said he was happy to have the matter behind him, as the case had been ongoing since 2015.
Eight witnesses testified in the prosecution’s case, including Suraj, who has been an Elvis impersonator performing in shows for more than 20 years.