WITH RECK­LESS DRIV­ING

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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.

JA­MALUDIN PIC BY MOHD AZREN

Sam Ke Ting be­ing es­corted to the mag­is­trate’s court in Johor Baru yes­ter­day.

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