'Mentally ill' man charged over Sri Pentas bomb scare

SARAH ZULKIFLI

PETALING JAYA: A ‘mentally ill’ man was dragged to the magistrate’s court here today for calling in a fake bomb threat at the Sri Pentas building in Bandar Utama last week.

However, Nur Azhan Kamaluddin, 46, pleaded not guilty to the charge that was read to him before Magistrate Salamiah Salleh.

According to the charge sheet, Nur Azhan was charged with making criminal threats after calling the Petaling Jaya District Police Headquarters to report a fake bomb threat at Sri Pentas.

The accused was accused of committing the offence at 10.12pm on Aug 28.

He was charged under Section 507 of the Penal Code and faces a maximum imprisonment of two years upon conviction.

The court refused to grant bail and ordered the accused to under psychiatric evaluation at Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta in Tanjung Rambutan, Perak.

The court also set Oct 4 for Nur Azhan’s medical report to be prepared.

The Sri Pentas building had to be vacated following the bomb threat.

A bomb disposal unit from the Selangor police headquarters was despatched to the scene but no suspicious objects were found. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd