Court imposes community service sentence for violence threat against cops

GEORGE TOWN, 25 Jan 2021:

Four men who pleaded guilty in a magistrate’s court here today to provoking policemen – by using criminal force in the execution of their duties after a road mishap – last week appealed against being jailed, preferring to do community service instead.

Magistrate R. Manomani eventually did consider their request – and ordered Shahrizal Anuar, 38, Mohd Safwan Akbar, 29, Mohd Hafiz Shah, 28, and Mohd Danial Al Arabia Mohd Rafi, 24 – to perform community services for three hours every day for two months.

They must report to the Malaysian Prison Department under the Compulsory Attendance Order (PKW) 1954 and the prison would decide on the type of community services they must perform.

PKW, a community service programme, is an alternative sentence to imprisonment.

According to the charge, they had used criminal force on a public servant by way of provocation against three policemen after a road mishap at the Jalan Tokong traffic light intersection here at 5.40pm, on Jan 17.

The charge, under Section 353 of the Penal Code, provides for a maximum two-year jail sentence or RM10,000 fine or both.

At the same court, the four accused with three others – Azizul Mohamad, 45, Mohd Idris Ayob, 25, and Danish Ikmal Mohd Shafiq Samugam, 20 – were each fined RM700 for flouting the Movement Control Order (MCO) at the same time and place.

The court also ordered all seven to be jailed for three weeks if they failed to pay the fines.

They were charged under Regulation 16, Regulations on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within Infected Local Infected Areas) (Movement Control) 2021 which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail or a RM1,000 fine or both.

Separately, a doctor at a hospital in Seberang Jaya, near here is being investigated for falsifying documents and using a stamp belonging to her colleagues to make claims for insurance and from the Social Security Organisation (Socso) for others.

Penang Commercial Crime Investigation Department head ACP Mohd Rosni Mohd Lazim said the investigation against the 37-year-old doctor was conducted following a report lodged by the hospital’s deputy director on Jan 20 – following a complaint by a male doctor that his official stamp had been used by other parties to make insurance and Socso claims.

“The doctor who made the complaint said he had never signed or stamped letters for some individuals who claimed to be involved in accidents to apply for insurance and Socso claims and that the individuals concerned were never treated by him at the hospital, he told reporters here today.

He said the police have seized several documents from the suspect’s house in Kulim, Kedah, to facilitate investigation.

Mohd Rosni said initial investigation also found that apart from using the stamp belonging to the male doctor, the suspect also used a stamp belonging to a female doctor for the same purpose.

He said the suspect was believed to have used the stamp belonging to the female doctor – who was transferred to Sarawak in 2017 – since last year for submission of insurance and Socso claims on behalf of other parties.

The suspects is believed to have been paid a certain commission for every insurance and Socso claims that were approved by the applicants concerned, he said, adding that the police have recorded statements from the suspect, as well as the hospital deputy director and the male doctor to facilitate investigation.

– Bernama