KUALA LUMPUR: A taxi driver was jailed a total of 24 years and ordered to be whipped four times for robbing, molesting and forcing a woman passenger to perform oral sex on him two years ago.
Sessions Court judge Hasbi Hasan meted out the sentence after the prosecution had succeeded in establishing a case beyond reasonable doubt.
M. Saravanan, 30, was jailed 12 years and ordered to be whipped three times for forcing the 31-year-old woman to perform oral sex on him.
He was sentenced to five years' imprisonment and ordered to receive a stroke of the rotan for molesting the woman by fondling her breasts.
Saravanan was also jailed seven years for robbing the woman of her blackberry handphone and about RM500 cash by using a parang.
Saravan's counsel mitigated that his client had only seven years of education, came from a poor family and his father was a mechanic.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Gin Han who appeared on behalf of DPP Ooi Chean Ling, said the victim was single and the incident had a psychological impact that would affect her married life in future.
Tan said Saravanan's passengers expected to be sent to their destination safely but had taken this chance to molest and rob the victim.
He said Saravanan's seven years of education not a good reason as it was sufficient to teach him not to commit the offences.
Judge Hasbi said she agreed with Tan as Saravanan was a cab driver and the offence would affect the country's image, especially the tourism industry.