NG PLEADS NOT GUILTY

She stared blankly as charge was read to her, then turned to look at her fam­ily in the front row

New Straits Times - - News - AU­DREY DERMAWAN BUKIT MERATAJAM au­dreymd@nst.com.my

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(I do not ad­mit to the charge) — this was 19year-old Ng Pei Ven’s plea when she was charged at the mag­is­trate’s court here yes­ter­day un­der Sec­tion 44(1)(a) of the Road Trans­port Act 1987 for al­legedly driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs to the ex­tent of be­ing in­ca­pable of con­trol­ling her ve­hi­cle and caus­ing the death of Mo­hamad Fandi Rosli, 26.

She al­legedly com­mit­ted the of­fence at Km134 of the NorthSouth Ex­press­way (NSE) at 7.50am on March 14.

If con­victed, she could be jailed be­tween three and 10 years, fined be­tween RM8,000 and RM20,000, and have her driv­ing li­cence sus­pended for five years.

Ng stared blankly ahead as the court in­ter­preter read out and ex­plained the charge to her in Man­darin. She then turned to look at her fam­ily mem­bers seated in the front row of the public gallery be­fore turn­ing to Mag­is­trate Ja­maliah Abd Manap again.

The court in­ter­preter asked her if she un­der­stood the charge.

Ng replied in Man­darin: “Wo bu ren zui.” (I do not ad­mit to the charge.)

Deputy public pros­e­cu­tor Datuk Razali Che Ani asked the court to set bail at RM10,000 with two sureties, and fix a men­tion date pend­ing chem­istry and post-mortem re­ports.

Ng’s lawyer, Par­mjit Singh Mahin­der, urged the court to lower the bail, cit­ing his client’s age and dis­abil­ity.

Ja­maliah set bail at RM7,000 with two sureties and fixed May 12 for men­tion.

Ng, who was in a hooded blue shirt and cream jeans, ar­rived in court about 8am ac­com­pa­nied by fam­ily. She had a sling on her right arm due to an in­jury she sus­tained dur­ing the ac­ci­dent.

She was silent through­out the hear­ing and closed her eyes sev­eral times.

When a court po­lice of­fi­cer told her to sit prop­erly and not cross her legs, Ng stood up, think­ing her case had been called. She then sat down again when the court po­lice sig­nalled her to do so.

Dur­ing the ac­ci­dent, Ng, who was ac­cused of be­ing drunk and high on am­phet­a­mines, drove her car at high speed against the flow of traf­fic along the NSE af­ter the Sun­gai Dua toll on main­land But­ter­worth and trig­gered a mul­ti­ve­hi­cle col­li­sion.

Her Pro­ton Gen 2 struck a Pero­dua Kelisa driven by Fandi, which led to a chain of col­li­sions. Fandi died at the scene.

Ng and the driv­ers of four other ve­hi­cles sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

Last week, Ng claimed trial at the mag­is­trate’s court to the charge of ad­min­is­ter­ing drugs into her body. She is on bail af­ter plead­ing not guilty to the of­fence.

The in­ci­dent has gone vi­ral, prompt­ing calls for her to be charged with mur­der un­der Sec­tion 302 of the Pe­nal Code.

PIC COUR­TESY OF READER

The scene of the ac­ci­dent at Km134 on the North-South Ex­press­way on March 14.

PIC BY RAMDZAN MASIAM

Ng Pei Ven at the Bukit Mer­ta­jam mag­is­trate’s court yes­ter­day.

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