| Fadley Faisal |
THE Court of Appeal yesterday allowed the sentence reduction of a credit card fraud offender as it was manifestly excessive and that his appeal should be treated the same as his co-defendant’s appeal in the earlier Court of Appeal session.
Justice Michael Peter Burrell presiding in the Court of Appeal session flanked by Justices John Barry Mortimer and David John Leonard concluded that Yap Teck Hui’s appeal against sentence – on his sentence of seven years and six months imprisonment on 13 charges of credit card fraud, cheating using the fake credit cards and attempted cheating to use the fake credit cards – was given leave out of time to appeal and reduced his sentence to six years as it is only fair that with his co-defendant, who was allowed reduction from an earlier session, acted together in the same circumstances.
The Justice mentioned that both defendants were recruited in Kuala Lumpur armed with counterfeit credit cards to purchase valuable goods in return for a smaller fraction of the goods when sold back in Kuala Lumpur.
The court decided that the sentence passed is manifestly excessive and adopting the same to the two appeals as there is no difference in their case, it is only fair to treat it the same.
The Court of Appeal Justices decided that since there is no difference in their case, the same amount of six years jail after reduction will be passed on Yap Teck Hui.