5 MONTHS’ JAIL FOR AT­TACK­ING OF­FI­CER

Man pleads guilty to ob­struct­ing MPSJ of­fi­cer from car­ry­ing out his du­ties

New Straits Times - - News - RAHMAT KHAIRULRIJAL PETALING JAYA rahmat@nst.com.my

AMAN who at­tacked a Subang Jaya Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (MPSJ) en­force­ment of­fi­cer with pep­per spray last week was sob­bing in the dock yes­ter­day af­ter he was sen­tenced to five months’ jail and fined RM3,000, in de­fault three months’ im­pris­on­ment.

Mag­is­trate Nu­rul­huda Zakariya meted out the sen­tence to un­em­ployed Leng Wan Kwan, 50, af­ter he pleaded guilty to us­ing crim­i­nal force to ob­struct a pub­lic ser­vant from car­ry­ing out his duty.

Leng’s wife, who was present in court, was hold­ing back tears as her husband was ush­ered into the lockup room at the end of the pro­ceed­ings.

The fa­ther of three was charged with ob­struct­ing Nor­sa­fuan Nordin, 31, from car­ry­ing out his duty as an MPSJ of­fi­cer by us­ing pep­per spray on him in front of a res­tau­rant in Jalan Pu­teri 1/4, Ban­dar Pu­teri, Pu­chong at 12.40pm on Nov 7.

Ac­cord­ing to the facts of the case, Leng and his wife berated and acted ag­gres­sively to­wards Nor­sa­fuan af­ter he clamped Leng’s white Honda City for il­le­gal park­ing.

Leng’s move tem­po­rar­ily blinded Nor­sa­fuan and left him with breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

Nor­sa­fuan lodged a re­port on the in­ci­dent.

Leng was charged un­der Sec­tion 353 of the Pe­nal Code, which car­ries a max­i­mum two years’ im­pris­on­ment, or a fine, or both upon con­vic­tion.

The de­fen­dant, who was un­rep­re­sented, pleaded for a le­nient sen­tence, say­ing that he was his fam­ily’s sole bread­win­ner and had been job­less for the past four months.

“I un­der­went an eye op­er­a­tion sev­eral months ago and have not been able to work since,” he said.

How­ever, deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Nata­sya Chin Le Jy pressed for a de­ter­rent sen­tence, say­ing that the pub­lic should re­spect civil ser­vants who were car­ry­ing out their du­ties.

The court also or­dered Leng’s prison term to run from the date of his sen­tenc­ing.

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