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Motorist jailed three years, fined for causing death of cop, daughter
Published on: Saturday, May 23, 2020
By: Jo Ann Mool
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Jeffray (centre) seen outside the courtroom accompanied by Mohd Firdaus (right) after the proceedings.
Kota Kinabalu: A 35-year-old man was sentenced to three years’ jail and fined RM6,500 or two months jail by the Traffic Court, here, after he was found guilty of reckless driving, causing the death of a motorcyclist and his daughter, who was the pillion rider.

Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie meted out the sentence to Jeffray Katoh when delivering her decision, Friday.

She held that Jeffray’s defence was merely denial and unable to cast reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.

Stephanie ordered Jeffray to serve the sentence effectively from Friday and ordered the conviction to be endorsed on his driving licence and also ordered that Jeffray’s driving licence to be revoked.

Jeffray, a factory worker, however, managed to obtain a stay of execution of the sentence pending his appeal to the High Court.

He was released on a bail of RM1,000 undeposited in two sureties.

Jeffray was found guilty of driving a Perodua MyVi car in a dangerous manner which caused the death of  policeman Ahmad Alitowpa Arsid, 53, who rode a motorcycle and his daughter Shanur Amiera Ahmad, 23, who was his pillion rider, at 6.20am on May 27, 2016 at Jalan Polytechnic, Sepanggar.

He had committed an offence under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act carries a jail term of between two years and 10 years and a fine of between RM5,000 and RM20,000, upon conviction.

Earlier, counsel Henry Gudid representing Jeffray, requested for leniency and also applied for a stay of execution pending an appeal to the High Court.

Jeffray also informed the court that he previously wanted to compensate the victims’ family but they refused to accept it.

Traffic prosecuting officer Inspector Mohd Firdaus Che Mustafa urged for a deterrent sentence based on the facts of the case and public interest as the accident caused the death of a man and his daughter.

The position of the victims’ bodies after the accident was so horrific and the damage to the vehicle proved that Jeffray was driving recklessly, said Mohd Firdaus, adding that Jeffray holds a probation driving licence during the incident.

The court heard that Ahmad left behind a wife and three children who are now depending on his pension as a policeman.

Mohd Firdaus also said that Ahmad served as a policeman for 30 years until the day of the accident.

The prosecution and the defence had called seven and two witnesses respectively during the trial.


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