A businessman was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and 24 strokes of caning after he was found guilty of 109 charges pertaining to cheating and document falsification, at the Ipoh Sessions/Magistrate Court today (April 9).
N. Narendran, 41, was charged with 102 offences of cheating an individual named Hafizul Abdul Hamid, 45, of over RM6.3 million by having him deceived into believing that an order from the state government to supply disposal medical equipment to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB) Ipoh was real.
He subsequently motivated Hafizul into handing over cash and cheques amounting between RM20,000 to RM350,000.
He was said to have committed the offences at four locations between May to December 2015, under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
Narendran was also charged with seven offences under Section 471 of the same Code for having forged documents on the state government order presented as genuine at the Ganang Resources office in Greentown Business Centre, Ipoh between April to October of the same year.
His lawyer, R.S.N. Rayer said that an appeal will be filed at the Ipoh High Court later today. Rayer also requested for a lower bail amount as Narendran needed to care for his family.
“He (Narendran) has never failed to be present for court hearings, not to mention that he previously paid for a RM55,000 bail,” he claimed.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Nazreen Zabarudin objected to the request and asked for an even higher bail amount with additional conditions, should a bail be considered.
Judge Norashima Khalid ordered for a bail of RM30,000 which is to be paid by today and under the condition that Narendran reports himself at the nearest police station every two weeks.