WITH RECKLESS DRIVING
condition and measurement of the road) that led to the death of the eight cyclists”, in Jalan Lingkaran Dalam here about 3.20am on Feb 18.
The eight, aged between 13 and 16, were part of a group of 16 cyclists.
Sam, who was also represented by counsel Bustaman Menon, appeared expressionless as the charge was read in Mandarin by a court translator in front of magistrate Salina Omar.
She nodded when asked whether she understood the charge. She claimed trial.
Johor Deputy Public Prosecutor’s Office director Roslan Mat Noor urged the court to disregard defence counsel’s argument regarding issues highlighted in social media websites as this was irrelevant to the case and, therefore, should not influence the amount of bail offered.
“The case is of public interest and a national issue. We urge the court to consider this when setting the amount of bond for the accused,” said Roslan.
Salina set bail at RM10,000 with one surety and ordered for Sam’s passport and driving licence to be handed over to the court.
She fixed April 13 for case management.
Sam faces a jail term of between two and 10 years and a fine of between RM5,000 and RM20,000, if convicted.
The court may also issue an order for particulars of the offence to be endorsed on her driving licence and she could be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for a period of not less than three years from the date of the conviction.
Sam Ke Ting being escorted to the magistrate’s court in Johor Baru yesterday.