Noorhisham Saifful Mohd was sentenced to eight years' jail and two strokes of the rotan by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court for committing gang robbery in Sentul last year.

KUALA LUMPUR: A woman could not hold back her tears when her husband was sentenced to eight years' jail and two strokes of the rotan by the Sessions Court for committing gang robbery in Sentul last year.

The woman who sat at the front row of the public gallery was seen citing a prayer when Noorhisham Saifful Mohd was taken into the dock about 10am by a policeman today.

However, the woman in her 40s lost her composure when Judge Shamsudin Abdullah meted out the sentence against Noorhisham after ruling that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt to the prosecution’s case.

Noorhisham, a workshop mechanic, was charged with robbing a hand bag belong to Lee Siok Kuen near Jalan 14/42, Taman Sejahtera in Sentul about 7.15pm on Dec 1 last year. He was alleged to have committed the offence with another person still at large.

On a second charge of voluntarily causing hurt to security guard K. Ravinder by using a steel rod at the same place and time, Noorhisham was sentenced to three years' jail.

The jail terms run concurrently from today.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurakmal Farhan Aziz urged the court to impose an apt punishment.

Lawyer M. Mathavan who represented the accused pleaded for a lenient sentence as his client was the sole breadwinner in his family.

“My client who earns about RM1,300 a month needs to support two of his children and two step-children,” he said.

The court also rejected a stay of execution applied for by Mathavan.

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