Deaf-mute Korean pastor claims trial to molesting disabled man

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A Korean priest, who is deaf and mute, claimed trial at the George Town magistrates’ court today to a charge of molesting a disabled man 20 years ago.

Sayuti Zainudin

Jee Jon-hoon, 55, made the plea after the charge was read out to him by a Korean interpreter and international sign language interpreter before magistrate Rosnee Mohd Ridzuan.

The accused was alleged to have committed the act, including hugging and kissing the then 30-year-old victim at a house in Gelugor in 2000.

He was charged under Section 354 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum 10 years’ jail, a fine, or whipping, or any two of the punishments.

Deputy public prosecutor Azlin Zeti Zainal Abidin prosecuted, while the accused was represented by Sobini Kobu.

The court set March 15 for the submission of documents.

On December 18, last year, the accused was also charged in the Butterworth magistrates’ court with two counts of molesting two disabled men seven years ago.