High Court adjourns appeal hearing
by Anasathia Jenis firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted on May 25, 2011, Wednesday
|Counsel YB See Chee How, Numpang and our 90 year old father, Suntai Bichu|
KUCHING: The High Court here yesterday adjourned an appeal hearing against the discharge and acquittal of a self-declared native customary rights (NCR) land defender from criminal intimidation.
Numpang Suntai, appeared before Judicial Commissioner Ravinthran N Paramaguru who re-fixed the hearing for July 18.
The court was informed by the prosecution that the grounds of appeal were not ready for submission into court.
Numpang has been charged for allegedly intimidating timber camp workers at 2.45pm on Oct 18 last year in the Sebangan-Sebuyau area.
He subsequently appeared before a Simunjan magistrates’ court last December.
Numpang was discharged and acquitted from the offence last March as the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against him.
Criminal intimidation comes under Section 503 of the Penal Code, which provides a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment or a fine or both.
Numpang was among seven people, including the village headman, arrested to assist a police probe into cases involving alleged arson and criminal damage to property.
The villagers claimed that the company had encroached on their NCR land for logging.
Yesterday was the third time the hearing was postponed due to a technicality.
Counsel See Chee How said such delays were unfair to the respondent because it cost time and money.