Grab driver held for as­sault­ing teen

New Straits Times - - News / Nation -

KUALA LUMPUR: A Grab driver was nabbed less than 10 hours af­ter he al­legedly as­saulted his teenage pas­sen­ger over a mis­un­der­stand­ing, break­ing her nose.

The pas­sen­ger, 17, had booked the e-hail­ing ser­vice for a trip from Ber­jaya Times Square here to Pu­chong Jaya in Se­lan­gor on Satur­day.

How­ever, dur­ing the ride, an ar­gu­ment broke out and the driver, 30, was be­lieved to have struck the vic­tim, break­ing her nose.

Se­lan­gor po­lice Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment chief Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Fadzil Ah­mat said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the mis­un­der­stand­ing.

“Po­lice ar­rested the driver at 2.30am to­day (yes­ter­day) to as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

He said the sus­pect had been re­manded un­til Wed­nes­day. The sus­pect has no crim­i­nal record.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 325 of the Pe­nal Code for vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing griev­ous hurt.

Grab­Car and Grab­Taxi Klang Val­ley head Wan Khye Theng said the com­pany was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case, adding that the com­pany would take ac­tion against the driver if nec­es­sary.

“We do not tol­er­ate any phys­i­cal vi­o­lence or ver­bal abuse from pas­sen­gers and driv­ers.

“We urge both par­ties to re­main cour­te­ous through­out their ride.

“In the event of an in­ci­dent, please con­tact our cus­tomer ser­vice or use the SOS but­ton in the pas­sen­ger app or po­lice but­ton in the driver app.”

A close-up of the vic­tim’s bro­ken nose.

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