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Motorcyclist jailed for wheelie stunt on Putatan road
Published on: Friday, December 27, 2019
By: Hayati Dzulkifli
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Kota Kinabalu: A 21-year-old motorcyclist was jailed 14 months and fined RM5,000 or another two months by the Magistrate Court for reckless riding  by making a “wheelie’ stunt on the road.

Magistrate Afiq Agoes handed the sentence to Adzrul Adzman (pic), starting from the date of his conviction, Thursday. 

He was asked to enter his defence last month when the prosecution succeeded in establishing a prima facie against him. 

Adzrul had claimed trial for committing the offence at Jalan Kota Kinabalu-Papar, near the JKR Putatan, at 1.20am on August 12. 

He was charged under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which provides for a maximum jail of five years and a fine of up to RM15,000, upon conviction.

Traffic prosecuting officer, Inspector Mohd Firdaus Che Mustafa produced five witnesses during the trial.

Adzul was defended by counsel Michelle Rosanna Usman.

In delivering his written judgement, Afiq said Adzul did the stunt without any regard of his own safety and also that of road users as well as pose a danger to the public.

Afiq said the claim by Adzul that he was testing the machine after repairing it was doubtful and did not make sense.

The magistrate said he was doubtful as to why the accused need to test the motorcycle, which he claimed he repaired on the road at 1.20am.

Michelle told the Court that Adzrul who is a father of a five-year-old child and has a new job, did not harm anyone.

She said his client was remanded for seven days and was traumatised.    

She said imprisonment would not be an appropriate sentence and hoped the court would consider community service for his client because he deserved a second chance.

Firdaus told the court that Adzul did not take into account public safety when doing the stunt.

He said the accused has one previous conviction in June last year under Section 81(3) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for participating in an illegal racing and was fined RM1,500.

Hence, Firdaus hoped that the Court would impose a deterrent sentence as a lesson to others who may commit the same offence.



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