A 47-year-old woman was beaten, assaulted with a broomstick and stripped naked for failing to settle a RM2000 debt owed to a licensed money lending agency in Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor.
It was learnt that the victim, who is a small time trader, had accumulated about RM7000 including interest for failing to settle the initial RM2000 amount for the past three years.
The drama started at 2pm on Sept 15 when she met a representative of the licensed money lending agency in a car to settle her outstanding debts. The victim was then blindfolded and bundled into the car and brought to the agency’s office.
Image above: Police acted swiftly to apprehend the shark thugs on time
Johor Baru Selatan district police chief Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh said the suspects, who included a woman, then assaulted the victim and stripped her naked. “The suspects were said to have also threatened to distribute the nude photos of the victim after taking photos with a mobile phone,” he said at the Majidee police station here, today.
Johor Baru Selatan district police chief Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh says the victim was blindfolded and bundled into a car.
Sulaiman said a police team from the district’s criminal investigation department immediately acted based on a report received from the victim. He said police arrested four male suspects, aged between 17 and 32, in the agency’s office in Taman Sri Tebrau.
“Investigators also seized a total of eight mobile phones that are believed to have been used during the victim’s assault,” said Sulaiman, adding that all the suspects had also admitted to being present during the victim’s assault.
Sulaiman said police were investigating the case under Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang robbery.
It’s high time the authorities take action against these thugs called ‘loansharks’ who are getting bolder by the day. Money is their God, and they are willing to take law into their own hands by punishing the loan defaulters by splashing paint on their car, homes, harassment to the family members, etc. There have been a lot of tragic cases in the past and I hope it is stopped. These sharks are opening up branches everywhere like mushrooms. And in these economically troubled times, some small time traders or low wage earners can’t help but to seek their monetary assistance and later get into more trouble.
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