According to Malaysiakini, a bomoh pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to sexually assaulting a woman who had approached him for treatment.
Wan Ismail Wan Md Zain, 53, made the plea before Judge Ahmad Bazli Bahruddin.
He was charged under Section 377CA of the Penal Code for using an object in a sexual manner on the 28-year-old female patient in a house in Kampung Permatang Pusu, Kota Bahru at 8.50pm last 12 January.
The man faces imprisonment of up to 30 years and whipping if found guilty. The court allowed him bail of RM15,000 with one surety and ordered the man to report himself to the nearest police station every month and to not intimidate the victim and witnesses.
The court set 24 February for mention.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Faizuan Sulaiman prosecuted, while Wan Ismail was represented by lawyer Roshayati Hassan, from the iNational Legal Aid Foundation (YBGK).