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'Pimp' ordered to make defence
Published on: Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A 63-year-old local who was charged with two counts of trafficking two women from Thailand for the purpose of exploiting them was ordered to enter his defence on two amended charges of assisting in operating brothels.

Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz ordered Chai Vun Hing to enter his defence on the amended charges after ruling that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against the previous charge.

Chai was previously charged with trafficking the women aged 21 and 22 at 11am and 4am on April 3 this year in two separate rooms at a hotel in Bundusan Square, Penampang.

The offence under Section 12/34 of the Anti-Trafficking In Persons Act 2007 carries a jail term of up to 15 years and fine, on conviction.

However, Azreena ruled that based on evidence adduced before her, she ordered Chai to enter defence on the amended charges of assisting in operating brothels at the same place and time.

Chai allegedly committed the offence together with an accomplice still at large known as Ah Cai.

The amended charges fall under Section 373(1)(a) of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to 15 years and liability of a fine, on conviction.

The court set Dec 14 for Chai's defence.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Khairuddin Idris conducted the prosecution while counsel Victor Chong defended Chai.

Meanwhile, five men and a woman were jailed four and five months each for illegal entry.

One of the men was also handed a stroke of the cane.

The illegal immigrants admitted to entering the State without any valid documents.

After completing their jail sentence, the court the foreigners referred to the Immigration Department. - Cynthia D Baga

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