Kuala: A court sentenced a Malaysian royal family member and two others to four years in jail for assaulting a national boxer, their lawyer said on Friday.
A district court in southern Johor state found Tunku Nick Tazuddin Izwan Syah Tunku Qadir, who belongs to the state`s royal family, and two other men guilty of a charge of voluntarily causing grievous hurt, defence lawyer Zamri Idrus said.
The three men were found guilty of assaulting boxer Farkhan Haron at 28-year-old Nick`s residence in May last year.
Local media reports said Farkhan, the 2009 Laos Southeast Asian Games gold medallist, was attacked with wood, iron rods and a samurai sword, sustaining a broken jaw and causing him to miss last year`s Olympic Games in London.
The judge refused to delay the four-year prison sentence pending appeal.
Zamri said the defence team would ask a higher court to release the trio from jail, while they prepare the appeal.
Allegations of wrong-doing by members of Malaysia`s royalty and other elites surface occasionally, but it is rare for anyone to face prosecution.