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Sales promoter sentenced to 10 years for splashing hot water on man with down syndrome

A sales promoter, convicted of splashing hot water on a man with Down syndrome, was sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined RM6,000. The judge emphasized the severity of the offense, highlighting its cruelty and lack of provocation.



Sales promoter receives 10-year jail term for splashing hot water on man with down syndrome

MALAYSIA: A sales promoter, who was caught on video splashing hot water on a man with Down syndrome last Friday (19 April), faced sentencing in the Sessions Court on Tuesday (23 Apr), receiving a 10-year jail term.

Oo Saw Kee, 39, was also fined RM6,000 (US$1,256) in default of 12 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to the offence, as reported by New Straits Time.

Judge Ahzal Fariz Ahmad Khairuddin delivered the judgment, emphasizing the seriousness and cruelty of Oo’s actions, particularly towards a disabled individual.

He added that Oo had done what she did without any form of provocation.

Ahzal highlighted that the sentence aimed not only to penalize the accused but also to serve as a deterrent against similar actions targeting disabled individuals.

Oo promptly admitted to the offence during the court proceedings, acknowledging her guilt in intentionally inflicting serious injury on 33-year-old A. Solairaj by splashing hot water on him inside an elevator at a Bayan Lepas apartment complex on 19 April.

She was charged under Section 326 of the Penal Code, which is punishable by a prison sentence of up to 20 years and subject to a fine or whipping as well, upon conviction.

Lawyer Edric Loo, who acted pro bono for Oo, pleaded for a minimal jail sentence from the date of his client’s arrest.

He also told the court that Oo works as a promoter, earning RM1,500 (US$314) monthly, with no one under her care.

State prosecution director Mohd Nordin Ismail, meanwhile, pressed for a heavy sentence, saying that the offence committed by Oo was ‘very serious and cruel’, more so involving a disabled person.

Mohd Nordin said the incident went viral, with the majority of comments criticizing the actions of the accused.

Both of the accused and victim, said Mohd Nordin, were living in the same apartment block since 2014, but not known to one another.

“The victim may be disabled and weak, but that does not mean that society should shun him. Instead, society should help these people,” he said.

Mohd Nordin said the victim is still being treated for the burns on his right shoulder, back, and neck.

He also openly read out a witness impact statement by the victim’s sister, A. Krishna Armi, 23, who wanted a harsh punishment for the pain her brother was going through.

“It saddens and pains me to see my brother’s condition now, with burn marks on various parts of his body. His movement is restricted, and he often cries out in pain. He could not sleep or rest like normal,” she said.

Krishna Armi said what happened to her brother had taken a toll on the whole family, especially since they are not a well-to-do family.

“We want a harsh punishment to serve as a lesson to everyone out there for the scar my brother has to live with all his life. We fear that a lenient sentence will lead to possible revenge by the accused in future as we are staying in the same area,” she said.

The incident, captured in a 20-second video that circulated widely on social media, sparked widespread condemnation, with many expressing outrage at the assault on a vulnerable member of society.

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Very cruel human being. But there’s always 2 sides to the coin.

10 years is indeed a very severe punishment for a light crime.

More and more such cases will happened under the dictatorship rule of Singapore PAP government

Physical harm caused is apparent, and easily condemned. But non physicalike mental emotional kind of harm tho not apparent and concealed can cause far more damages than many seems to realise and understand. PAP Administration is NO stranger. Outwardly humans seem only to judge physical harms as bad doings. There are non physical harms, emotional harms THAT CAUSE victims to commit suicide or take their own lives (eg policeman, Benji). If not their lives go upside down. The PAP Administration is well versed. Like Biblical saying, our bodies is JUST BUT ONLY a SHELL. What good it is if one… Read more »