9 YEARS’ JAIL FOR CAUS­ING DEATH

Man had re­peat­edly punched driver for not pick­ing up niece

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CRANE op­er­a­tor Mohd Fifi Md Yousoff was sen­tenced to nine years’ jail yes­ter­day for caus­ing the death of a van driver, whom he had beaten up for fail­ing to pick up his niece from a reli­gious school.

His mother, preg­nant wife, sib­lings and niece cried as Ses­sions Court judge Suzana Hussin handed down the sen­tence.

Af­ter court was ad­journed, Fifi was brought to meet his fam­ily from the court’s tem­po­rary hold­ing cell.

Fam­ily and friends hugged him, and he sought for­give­ness and bless­ings from his mother be­fore hug­ging her.

Fifi pleaded guilty to caus­ing the death of Mohd Izh­harud­din Nordin in Jalan Sun­gai Udang, here, at 6.40pm on Feb 3, last year.

He was charged un­der Sec­tion 304(b) of the Pe­nal Code, which car­ries a jail term of up to 10 years or a fine, or both, upon con­vic­tion.

Fifi, 31, re­peat­edly punched Izh­harud­din, 24, for not pick­ing up his niece from a reli­gious school in Jalan Has­san.

The vic­tim had ear­lier picked up stu­dents from the reli­gious school and thought that the girl had al­ready gone home.

Suzana, in sen­tenc­ing Fifi, said he had to re­pent and change.

“I hope the sen­tence will bring jus­tice to all.”

De­fence coun­sel Ab­dul Halem Mohd Husin, in seek­ing a le­nient sen­tence for his client, said Fifi had re­gret­ted his ac­tions and had sought for­give­ness from the par­ents of the de­ceased.

“He is 31, mar­ried, and his wife is ex­pect­ing their first child.

“He had no in­ten­tion to cause death to Izh­harud­din. Af­ter punch­ing the vic­tim, he re­turned to make peace with him.”

The vic­tim’s mother, Hal­iza Ah­mad, told the court that her fam­ily had suf­fered emo­tion­ally and in their busi­ness af­ter the death of her son.

“He was a good son, and a tremen­dous help to us and our busi­ness.

“I hope the court im­poses a fair sen­tence on the ac­cused.”

Deputy pub­lic prose­cu­tor Siti Fa­timah Yahya re­quested the court to im­pose a de­ter­rent cus­to­dial sen­tence, say­ing the crime com­mit­ted by the ac­cused was a se­ri­ous of­fence.

“He had re­peat­edly punched the vic­tim, and that had even­tu­ally caused his death.

“Life is ir­re­place­able.

“At the end of the day, the pub­lic’s in­ter­est should out­weigh that of the ac­cused.”

Suzana or­dered Fifi’s sen­tence to start yes­ter­day.

Mohd Fifi Md Yousoff

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