A final warning has been given to Rozita Mohamad Ali, the woman who abused her maid in 2016, for failing to turn up in court for the appeal hearing of her case.
Court of Appeal judge Datuk Seri Kamaludin Md Said, who chaired a three-member panel, said the court will not compromise if the 46-year-old housewife does not appear in court again after this.
The case, he said, will proceed on the next hearing date with or without Rozita.
“The court cannot accept this anymore. Other people also fall sick, but they come to court. I’m giving her a last chance and if she still does not appear on the next date, the court will proceed with the case,” he added.
The judge later fixed Sept 24 for hearing.
Sitting with Judge Kamaludin were judges Datuk Azizah Nawawi and Datuk Wira Ahmad Nasfy Yasin.
Earlier, Rozita’s counsel, Muhammad Amiraizat Abdul Rani, told the court that his client was admitted to the KPJ Tawakkal Specialist Hospital on July 16 and was still warded there.
He said he was just informed about Rozita’s absence in court via a letter from the latter’s older sister Rosliah, who was also the bailor.
Deputy public prosecutor Ku Hayati Ku Haron then raised the issue that the respondent (Rozita) had used the same excuse for her absence on the previous hearing dates.
She said this was the fourth time Rozita did not show up in court and only today was the prosecution provided with a document to support the excuse.
“On the previous dates, the same excuse was given…that she was warded in KPJ Tawakkal due to asthma and knee pain, the same excuse every time (she did not come to court),”she said.
Kamaludin then questioned Rosliah about why Rosita would be on sick leave on the scheduled hearing dates – to which she said her sister was not doing it on purpose and has medical complications.
“This was confirmed by the doctor, it is not a joke,” she further replied to the judge.
This had made Kamarudin raise his voice and reprimand the bailor.
“I am asking you, just answer it. This is the court and the court wants to know why she (Rozita) was absent on the hearing date.
“If she has knee pain, she can come to court in a wheelchair, there is no problem with that. We would not mind if it’s once or twice, but every time the case comes up she will take an MC using the same excuse,” he said.
The judge then asked Rosliah to remind her sister that the bail money of RM20,000 could be forfeited if she does not show up in court again.
Rozita, who made headlines for abusing her then 19-year-old Indonesian maid Suyanti Sutrinso, was initially charged with attempted murder of the latter.
However, this was later reduced to voluntarily causing grievous hurt, under Section 326 of the Penal Code – which carries a maximum 20-year jail sentence.
Rozita pleaded guilty to the lesser offence and admitted to causing multiple injuries, including to the head, eyes, hands, feet and internal organs of her maid, at a house in Mutiara Damansara, between 7am and 12 noon on Dec 21, 2016.
She had used a kitchen knife, clothes hanger, mop handle and umbrella to inflict the injuries.
A video was widely spread on social media showing Suyanti lying severely injured in a drain at Mutiara Damansara, when she was found by a security guard.
Despite the severity of the offence, Petaling Jaya Sessions Court judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar on March 15, 2018, let her off without any jail term and only sentenced her to a good behaviour bond of RM20,000 for five years.
The slap on the wrist punishment meted out by Mokhzani had sparked widespread outrage, with the public questioning how one could get away without being sentenced to jail for such an offence.
The case was then called up for revision by Shah Alam High Court judge Datuk Seri Tun Majid Tun Hamzah, who reversed the Sessions Court decision and imposed an eight-year jail term on Rozita after ruling that the bond of five years was inappropriate.
Today had been fixed for hearing of the prosecution’s appeal for an increase of the eight-year jail sentence against Rozita, as well as her appeal against the jail term imposed by the High Court.