The Kuala Lumpur Magistrate's Court has ordered a supervisor to spend four months behind bars for beating a security guard in July
Magistrate Wong Chai Sia passed the sentence on 11 August after the supervisor, who was identified as Ram Gopal Murau, pleaded guilty to the charge read out to him in Bahasa Malaysia.
Both the supervisor and the security guard are Nepali nationals.
The court ordered the accused to serve the jail sentence from 3 August, the date of his arrest.
The incident, where the guard was beaten by his supervisor, happened at a parking lot of a condominium in Wangsa Maju on 7 July. However, it came to light only after a video went viral on 30 July.
In the video, the supervisor was seen physically assaulting the guard. He uses the baton to repeatedly hit the unresisting guard's back, arm, and legs. He is also seen punching the guard in the face.
Throughout the video, the guard does not retaliate while the supervisor continues his beating.
The video's virality prompted the Embassy of Nepal to lodge a police report on 31 July.
Initially, there were conflicting claims about the supervisor's nationality with Wangsa Maju police chief Superintendent Rajab Ahad Ismail saying he is a Pakistani national and another former security guard saying he is a Malaysian Indian, the man was later revealed to be a Nepali national.
Following which, the 34-year-old supervisor was arrested on 3 August with help from the Embassy and was remanded on 4 August for further investigation under Section 324 of the Penal Code.
Ram Gopal was charged under Section 324 of the Penal Code with voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means
The 34-year-old supervisor, who was unrepresented, appealed for a lenient sentence.
However, deputy public prosecutor Wan Ahmad Hakimi Wan Ahmad Jaafar asked the court to impose an appropriate sentence to serve as a deterrent, according to Bernama.
While Section 324 provides for a jail term of up to 10 years or with fine or with whipping or with any two of such punishments, the accused was only sentenced to four months by the Magistrate's Court.
Meanwhile, the security guard is being investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code allegedly molesting an Indonesian woman: