Rabu, 1 April 2009

Teacher charged with molesting schoolgirl

KUALA LUMPUR: A counselling teacher was charged with molesting a student in a school in Bandar Sri Tasik Permaisuri in Cheras last year.

Edi Emai, 42, claimed trial to using criminal force on the 14-year-old girl with intention to outrage her modesty at a counselling room of the school at 12.45pm in November.

He was said to have hugged and kissed her.

The student lodged a police report on Feb 20 after a disciplinary teacher advised her to do so.

The disciplinary teacher found out about the alleged molest from a school prefect.

Edi was picked up at the school on Feb 23. He faces a 10-year jail term or whipping or fine.

Prosecuting officer Chief Insp Zolkifli Mohd Yasin asked the court to set bail at RM10,000 in one surety saying that the accused knew the victim and would disturb her and other witnesses.

Adam Yap, for Edi, urged the court to consider that his client was a sole breadwinner in the family and faces suspension from his job due to the case.

“If that happens, Edi will only get half his monthly salary,” he added.

Magistrate Aina Azahra Ariffin granted bail at RM7,500 in one surety and set May 14 for mention.

The Star Online: 1 April 2009

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