Car repossessor claims trial to assault
Published on: Tuesday, August 04, 2020
By: Jo Ann Mool
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Amir being led away to the police truck at the courthouse.
Kota Kinabalu: A 36-year-old car repossessor claimed trial at the Magistrate’s Court Monday to assaulting a man in Api-Api Centre, in an incident that went viral on social media.

Amir Rizal Abd Rashid was accused of causing hurt to one Wong Fui Long @ William Wong, 42, using a helmet at 1pm on July 26 at a parking lot in front of a shop at Lorong Api-Api 1 here.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge before Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Adibah Adibah Saiful Bahri in applying for case management date, proposed no bail be offered to Amir on the grounds that the offence that he was charged with was serious which carries a maximum of 10 years jail.

A video grab showing a man being kicked by the assailant.

DPP Adibah submitted that the present case was of a public interest case as the incident was captured on video and has gone viral on social media.

She added that Amir also has various conviction records and that there was a high possibility of him tampering with the prosecution’s witnesses.

Amir who was not represented, kept mum when asked by the court if he had anything to say about the bail.

The court set Aug 17 for pre-trial case management and offered no bail to Amir.

Amir was charged under Section 324 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years, or with fine or with whipping or with any two of such punishment on conviction.

In another case, a 26-year-old man was fined RM1,400 or two months jail for giving a false statement to the police by claiming that his Four-Wheel-Drive vehicle was stolen.

Salamat Salam Nor Ibnur changed his plea to guilty before Magistrate Afiq Agoes when his case came up for case management on Monday.

Salamat admitted to committing the offence at 5.10pm on June 22 at the Manggatal police station.

The charge stated that Salamat gave the false statement in written form and claimed that his Toyota Hilux was stolen on June 11 at 11.40am.

He had on June 26 claimed trial to the charge under Section 182 of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to six months or fine up to RM2,000 or both on conviction.

Salamat through a duty counsel requested for leniency by saying that his wife is pregnant and that it was his first offence.

Inspector Lim Swee Beng applied for an adequate sentence.



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