The husband of YouTube personality S Pavithra has been charged with unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon in a public place
New Straits Times reported that M Sugu was found in possession of a 26-inch sickle at the Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun's parking lot on Tuesday, 21 July, around 6pm.
Ipoh Magistrate Court charged him with Section 6(1) of the Corrosive, Explosive, and Dangerous Weapons Act 1958 for the possession of an offensive weapon.
The former plantation labourer pleaded not guilty to the offenses
According to Malay Mail, the accused made the plea in front of Judge Mohd Fauzi Mohd Nasir when the charge was read in Tamil at the Ipoh Magistrate Court today, 24 July.
The deputy public prosecutor, Mohd Waffy Ismail, requested the court to set bail at RM20,000 to ensure that Sugu will be present at court throughout the trial.
He said, "This is also a serious case as the weapon was brought to a public place, which is the hospital."
If found guilty, Sugu can be charged with imprisonment not less than five years and not more than 10 years as well as be subject to whipping.
Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Sugu, Mahinderjit Singh, requested for lower bail and cited the wife's economical situation as a justification
"The wife can only afford to pay a bail of between RM5,000 and RM10,000," he said, as reported by The Star.
He also added that he hopes the court will allow bail as Sugu has two young children aged two and eight.
"The children need him. Furthermore, the case was just a misunderstanding between the couple. The wife had also withdrawn the report she lodged against Sugu the next day on 22 July,” he explained.
The judge then set bail at RM10,000 and decided on 17 July for re-mention.
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A fight broke out between the couple and Sugu reportedly became aggressive because Pavithra had not mentioned his name when receiving an award earlier on Monday: