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Gang robbery: Fishmonger faces 10 years’ jail

27th August, 2016

KOTA KINABALU: A fishmonger will spend the next 10 years behind bars for gang robbing a taxi driver two years ago.

Sessions judge Azreena Aziz handed down the punishment on Remmy Martin, 21 for robbing Jumalin Laja of his cab and RM2,600, at 12.40am on Nov 8, 2014 together with two accomplices at Borneo Copacabana Café & Catering, Cyber Square here.

He committed the offence with Eshyam Osman and Siti Shazwani Zainuddin who were convicted and sentenced to 10 years jail last month.

The offence comes under Section 395 of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to 20 years and whipping. The court heard that the victim was waiting for a friend at a karaoke outlet when he was approached by a woman (Siti) who then asked him to send her to another place.

Upon arrival at the scene, Siti did not want to get off the car but continued messaging.

Jumalin came out of his vehicle before two men – Remmy and Eshyam – came towards him and shouted angrily accusing the former of trying to run off with Siti who is Eshyam’s wife.

Remmy took the car key and ordered the victim to go to the back seat with Eshyam before he drove off to Tanjung Aru beach. They stopped for a while before Remmy relieved Jumalin of RM2,600.

From Tanjung Aru, they headed to Putatan purportedly to bring the victim to meet Siti’s family. At the traffic lights near the airport, the victim managed to escape and made a police report.

The taxi was found on the same day at about 2.30am while Remmy was apprehended at a hotel in Putatan on Nov 26.

In seeking for leniency, Remmy through his counsel, PJ Perira informed the court that his father is Japanese, who is unable to work while his mother is only a part-time trader.

The court also heard it was Remmy’s first offence and he is very remorseful of his action. Furthermore, he did not use any weapon during the incident and the victim did not suffer any injuries from the incident.

In reply, deputy public prosecutor Husna Abdul Halim pushed for a stiff sentence including a long custodial sentence with whipping.

A crime of this nature is rampant and may result in injuries, she said, and sometimes even death.

Husna also submitted that even Remmy did not bring any weapon however he was the one who took the car keys and drove the car from the scene which resulted in the loss of the money and the car.

Though the taxi was recovered, the RM2,600 was never to be found.

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