The man admitted to accidentally smashing the ATM machine

SEREMBAN: A man pleaded guilty in the Seremban Magistrate’s Court today to a charge of treason by punching the screen of an automatic teller machine (ATM) at a bank in Lukut town, Port Dickson, yesterday.

The accused, P. Manoharan, 50, who was present with an injured leg due to a fall, made the confession after the charge was read before the Magistrate, Mohd. Firdaus Salleh.

The prosecution, represented by Deputy Public Prosecutor, Jawin Kaur requested a date to read the facts of the case and sentence at the Port Dickson Magistrate’s Court.

According to the charges, Manoharan is alleged to have committed treason, which is to damage the screen of the ATM machine by punching the machine.

The offense was committed at a bank in Lukut town, Port Dickson at 11.10am, 9 January last.

Accordingly, the accused is charged according to Section 426 of the Penal Code which can be punished with imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine or both, if convicted.

Earlier in the case proceedings, the accused asked for a light sentence and told that the ATM machine did not withdraw money.

“When I took the money, the money didn’t come out, it was my fault and I’m asking for an appeal,” he said.

Lawyer for the National Legal Aid Foundation, Iwana Sakinah Mohd. Lajis who represented the accused applied for the lowest bail on the grounds that the man would be guaranteed by his wife who is a housewife and two of his four children are disabled (OKU).

The court then offered bail of RM2,000 and set the case to be mentioned again on February 8 next to read the facts of the case and sentence at the Port Dickson Magistrate’s Court.

Yesterday the media reported that a 50-year-old man was arrested by the police after punching an automatic teller machine (ATM) at a bank in Lukut town, Port Dickson on January 9.

The arrest of the suspect was made following a police report made by a 54-year-old woman who is an assistant manager at the bank in question.-UTESAN.

The woman said she was approached by the suspect at 11.10am yesterday to withdraw money before the suspect suddenly punched the ATM machine, despite being stopped by security guards.

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