A deaf and mute Korean priest was charged in the Butterworth magistrates’ court today with molesting two disabled persons a few years ago.
However, no plea was recorded from Jee Jon-hoon, 54, as the case was deferred to January 18 for the court to get a Korean and international sign language interpreter.
The interpreter, a Malaysian, will be from the Palace of Justice (PoJ).
On the first count, Jee was charged before magistrate M Kalaiarasi to have used criminal force to outrage the modesty of a 28-year-old man at the former’s apartment in Kampung Paya, Butterworth at about 12.20am in Oct 2013.
He allegedly groped the victim’s private parts, hugged and kissed him.
On the second count, Jee is alleged to have used criminal force to outrage the modesty of a 27-year-old man by groping the victim’s body and kissing him at the same apartment between 11pm and 1am in July 2017.
Both charges were pressed under Section 354 of the Penal Code for using criminal force to outrage the modesty of a person, punishable by up to 10 years’ jail, a fine, whipping, or any of the two, upon conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Azlin Zeti Zainol Abidin prosecuted, while lawyer G Shanmugam, represented the accused.
The magistrate granted Jee bail of RM5,000 in two sureties for each of the charges.
Meanwhile, the police have received six reports involving Jee.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said five investigation papers were opened in Penang and another in Selangor over the acts allegedly committed by Jee between 2011 and 2016.
He said Jee was remanded from Nov 24 till Nov 30 following reports lodged by the victims aged 27 to 40, who were disabled and members of a deaf association.
Jee is currently under remand for six days from Dec 13 in relation to a police report lodged in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
It is understood that he will face two charges at the Butterworth Court in Penang on Dec 21.
Jee was detained at a church in Penang on Nov 23 following police reports by several victims in the state’s Seberang Perai Utara district.
“The suspect came to Malaysia based on the invitation of the deaf association’s founder to teach the Bible since 1998,” Huzir said.