CHARGED

Ac­cused shows no emo­tion as coun­sel pleads for lower bail

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AH­MAD FAIRUZ OTH­MAN JOHOR BARU news@nst.com.my

COUN­SEL for a 22-yearold woman yes­ter­day charged with reck­less and dan­ger­ous driv­ing lead­ing to the deaths of eight teenage cyclists last month sought to pro­tect her against so­cial me­dia at­tacks.

Faizal Mokhtar said his client, Sam Ke Ting, was a sales­girl who earned RM2,000 a month and not the daugh­ter of a “Datuk” as claimed on so­cial me­dia.

He also used the ar­gu­ment to urge the court for a lower bail.

“She has a job that pays RM2,000 a month. With that amount of salary, she qual­i­fies for as­sis­tance from the Le­gal Aid Foun­da­tion.

“The car she uses is a nor­mal sedan, and her fam­ily are ‘orang bi­asa-bi­asa’ (com­mon folk). We must con­sider the fi­nances of the fam­ily.

“I am called to ad­dress this as there are claims that the ac­cused is from a wealthy fam­ily and a daugh­ter of a ‘Datuk’,” said Faizal, adding that his client has four school-go­ing sib­lings.

Sam was charged un­der Sec­tion 41(1) of the Road Trans­port Act 1987 in the mag­is­trate’s court here.

She was al­leged to have driven “in a reck­less or dan­ger­ous man­ner af­ter con­sid­er­ing all con­di­tions of the road (in­clud­ing type,

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