S. Pavithra‘s husband, M. Sugu, was granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) over a charge of physically hitting her back in July.
The decision was made by the Ipoh Sessions Court yesterday (Thursday, 17th September), headed by Judge Norashima Khalid.
Judge Norashima set the decision following Deputy Public Prosecutor Liyana Zawani Mohd Radzi’s request after the YouTuber took an oath that she would not be pressing any charges and willingly withdrew the case. According to Liyana, Pavithra had consented to do so without any coercion or intimidation.
Earlier, Sugu’s lawyer, Syahrul Nizam Mohd Rabi requested the court to release his client considering that the witness, Pavithra, informed that she will not proceed with the case. However, Liyana appealed for Sugu to be acquitted without charge, taking into account the possibility that the prosecution had a strong need or reason to reopen the case.
For the uninitiated, the former estate worker was charged under Section 324 of the Penal Code, which was read together with Section 326A of the Penal Code, for intentionally causing injuries to his wife’s lips, left cheek and right arm by using a mobile phone and a sickle at the parking lot of Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB) in Ipoh between 4pm and 5pm on 21st July.
In addition, Sugu was charged under Section 6 (1) of the Corrosive Materials and Dangerous Weapons Act 1958. In regards to that, Syahrul said the legal team had sent a letter of application for representation to the prosecution to review the status of the case and re-examine the charges made against him.
The court has set 22nd October for re-mentioning of the case to hear the first representation.
Source: AWANI via Gempak.