KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Dec 2008: The sessions court here today sentenced a former manager of Putrajaya post office three years’ jail for committing criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM95,500.
Judge SM Komathy Suppiah ordered that the three years’ jail sentence on Zaharah Jaafar, 45, be effective from today.
Soon after sentence was given, Zaharah, who arrived in court at 8.30am accompanied by her daughter and husband, started weeping.
The daughter, who was also weeping, then rushed over and hugged her.
In passing sentence, Komathy said Zaharah had committed a serious offence as it involved a large sum and that it should serve as a lesson to all.
Zaharah had on 20 Aug pleaded guilty to committing criminal breach of trust involving RM95,500 belonging to Putrajaya post office at Aras 1, Blok B1, Prime Minister’s Department, Putrajaya on 18 May 2006.
She was charged under section 409 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum 20 years’ jail term, a fine, and whipping.
The court had on 24 Nov ordered Zaharah’s lawyer Hasnan Hamzah to get a medical report on her cervical cancer before the court passes the sentence.
However, the medical report given by Hasnan today showed that Zaharah did not have cervical cancer but only heavy bleeding due to menopause.
Komathy had postponed the case to today when Hasnan asked that Zaharah be freed with bond on good behaviour under section 294 of the Criminal Procedure Code as she was suffering from cervical cancer.
Deputy public prosecutor Aqeeb Lizalman Nordin Zamery prosecuted. — Bernama