KUALA LUMPUR: A Japanese restaurant chef who was charged with masturbating in public claimed he had a skin disorder that caused him to remove his pants to “scratch” his private parts.
Joenaidey Ramis, through his lawyer Jagdish Kaur, told a magistrate's court here that he was suffering from tinea, an infection of the skin caused by fungi.
The 25-year-old chef however admitted to committing the offence on Feb 2 last year around 10.30am at the level 5 parking lot of Berjaya Times Square in front of a 24-year-old shampoo girl.
According to the facts of the case, Joenaidey had followed the complainant on the day of the offence and masturbated beside her car at the same parking lot.
The court heard how scared the complainant felt a few days after the incident, on Feb 6 when the accused stared at her at the parking lot.
Jagdish Kaur, in mitigation, told the court that her client was remorseful over the incident and had apologised to the complainant, her boyfriend and the security guard immediately after that.
According to the lawyer, Joenaidey was embarrassed that he even wanted to quit his job but his employer stopped him from doing so.
She also asked for the offence not to be recorded as her client was planning to work in Singapore as a chef.
Prosecuting officer C/Insp D.R. Ghanthi Nathan asked for a fitting sentence, saying the case involved public interest and the complainant was greatly affected by the incident.
Magistrate Nor Aziati Jaafar fined Joenaidey RM1,500 in default two months' jail.
The chef paid the fine.
News Source : STAR
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