Employer, assistant charged with assaulting bodyguards over fasting

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An employer, Chung Chee Yang and his assistant, Choo Hin Voon, facing five and two charges respectively, in connection with the assault of two bodyguards over fasting, pleaded not guilty at the Klang magistrates’ court today.

Chung and Choo, both aged 43, made the plea before magistrate P Sarulatha.

The first accused, Chung, was charged with committing criminal intimidation against his bodyguard Mohd Azminzam Zulkepli, 44, by pointing a pistol and threatening to hurt the victim.

He was charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum seven years’ fine or a fine, or both.

For the second and third charges, Chung was accused of abetting his assistant Choo by ordering the latter to intentionally cause hurt to Azminizam and another victim, Ahmad Shamsuri Zailani, 27, using a cane.

Both charges were framed under Section 109 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 324 of the same law, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years or a fine or whipping, or any two of the punishments.

For the fourth charge, Chung was accused of uttering words against the two victims with the intention of hurting their religious feelings under Section 298 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to one year or a fine, or both.

The fifth charge against Chung was for voluntarily causing hurt to Azminizam. The charge, under Section 323 of the Penal Code, carries a maximum one year’s jail, or fine, or both.

He allegedly committed all the offences at the compound of a house in Bukit Tinggi between 10.30pm and 11.30pm on April 13.

Meanwhile, his assistant, Choo was charged with two counts of voluntarily causing hurt against both victims, at the same place and time.

Both charges were framed under Section 324 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years, fine or whipping, or any two of the punishments.

The court allowed RM50,000 bail for Chung and RM20,000 for Choo, and both were ordered to surrender their passports to the court and report to a police station monthly.

The court set June 23 for re-mention.

Previously, it was reported that two bodyguards were injured after being assaulted with a cane, and their employer allegedly threatened to kill them with a pistol for fasting.