Grab driver held for assaulting teen
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.