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Friday, May 31, 2019

Gloomy Raya: Windscreen-smashing biker gets 12 months in the slammer


SHAH ALAM: A motorcyclist will be spending this Hari Raya in jail after the Magistrate's Court here sentenced him to 12 months in prison for smashing the windscreen of a car recently.
Magistrate Nurshahira Abdul Salim meted out the sentence against Danial Tan Abdullah after he pleaded guilty on Friday (May 31) to the offence of causing mischief.
The 31-year-old store assistant was charged with causing mischief towards a Perodua Alza belonging to  Siew Chean Voon, 58, by smashing the windscreen with a crash helmet on Jalan Kasturi, Seksyen 12, Taman Bukit Serdang at 5.30pm on Tuesday (May 28).
The charge was read under Section 427 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to five years, a fine, or both, if convicted.

When questioned in court on his action, Danial said the vehicle nearly hit him twice, causing him to confront the driver.

“However, he flipped the finger at me,” he said.
Danial told the court he was remorseful over his action.
During mitigation, his counsel Nur Rafiuddin Naswari pleaded for a fine rather than imprisonment as his client was the sole breadwinner of the family.
She added that it was her client's first offence, and it was a spontaneous one.
Nur Rafiuddin added that Danial had been criticised by the public when his identification card, work address and home address when were shared on social media.
However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhammad Hairuliqram Hairuddin called for a stern sentence as that would serve  as a lesson to both the accused and the public, as road rage cases happened frequently.
Dashcam footage taken of the incident went viral on social media after the incident, prompting many to condemn the incident and ask for justice to be served.
The suspect was apprehended by the police in Balakong on Thursday (May 30). - Sinar Harian

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