Crane operator gets 9 years prison for causing death of van driver

Shanti Gunaratnam

KLANG: A crane operator who had caused the death of a van driver, when the latter failed to pick up his niece from a religious class, was today sentenced to nine years' jail by the Sessions Court.

Judge Suzana Hussin, in sentencing Mohd Fifi Md Yousoff, said the accused has to repent and change to a better person.

"I hope the sentence will bring justice to all."

Mohd Fifi pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mohd Izhharuddin Nordin at Jalan Sungai Udang in Klang at 6.40pm on Feb 3, 2016.

He was charged under Section 304(b) of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to 10 years or a fine, or both, upon conviction.

In the incident, the 24-year-old victim was allegedly punched by Mohd Fifi, for not picking up the girl from a religious school.

It was reported that Mohd Izhharudin had earlier fetched some students from the religious school in Jalan Hassan and thought that the girl had gone home earlier.

Counsel Abdul Halem Mohd Husin in seeking a lenient sentence for his client said Mohd Fifi had truly regretted his actions and had sought forgiveness from the parents of the deceased.

"He is 31-years-old, married and his wife is expecting their first child, He had no intention whatsoever to cause the death of the victim and after punching the victim, he went back to make peace with him."

Mohd Izzharuddin's mother, Haliza Ahmad, when making her victim impact statement, told the court the family had suffered both emotionally and in business, after the death of her son.

"He was a good son who put in so much of effort in the business. He was tremendous help to us and I hope the court imposes a fair sentence on the accused."

Deputy public prosecutor Siti Fatimah Yahya had requested the court to impose a deterrent custodial sentence because the crime committed by Mohd Fifi, was a serious offence.

"He had repeated punched the victim, which had eventually caused his death, and that life is irreplaceable. At the end of the day, public interest should outweigh that of the accused."

Suzana ordered Mohd Fifi's sentence to start from today.