COUNCIL TO APPEAL AGAINST ACQUITTAL
Waiting for written judgment from magistrate’s court on lawyer’s case
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THE Penang Island City Council will be appealing against the acquittal of a lawyer by the magistrate’s court here on Thursday of parking offences.
Its secretary, Yew Tung Seang, said the council would not be taking any steps to review its existing parking summons procedure pending the appeal.
“For now, we are waiting for the written judgment from the court.
“Once we receive it, we will study it, and file an appeal against the decision,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.
It was reported that the magistrate’s court acquitted lawyer V.S. Raveentharan of parking offences.
Magistrate Mohamad Amin Shahul Hamid said the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case, and that there were several technical issues with regard to the case.
He had also said the prosecution had failed to present to the court a sample of signature, one of the first and most important exhibits.
Raveentharan, who is the former Batu Uban assemblyman, had been accused of illegally parking his car on March 11, 2014 at 10.30am in Jalan Tun Syed Shah Barakbah, an offence under Article 5(1) of the Road Transport Order (motorised vehicle parking) MPPP 2014.
Asked whether the council would be reviewing its parking summons procedure, Yew said they would not.
“Everything about the parking summons procedure goes on as usual...there will be no changes.
“Since this is a court case, let it take its course,” he said, while refusing to comment further.
Yew Tung Seang