Farmer who ran amok at his Behor Empiang home gets five years' jail, a whipping

MUHAMMAD MUSTAKIM RAMLI

KANGAR: The Sessions Court here today sentenced a paddy farmer, who ran amok at his home and resisted arrest last month, to five years imprisonment and a stroke of the rotan.


Judge Azman Abu Hassan meted out the sentences after the accused, Mohd Nizam Mat Saad, 39, pleaded guilty to all six charges, which include voluntarily causing hurt to a policeman, resisting arrest and domestic violence.


Mohd Nizam, from Behor Empiang, pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 7(1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958 (Act 357) for possession of an axe and a machete.


The accused also pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt to sergeant Abdul Rani Omar, using a grass trimmer.


For the third charge, Mohd Nizam claimed trial to a charge under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing a civil servant, policeman M. Kaneson from executing his duty in arresting the accused.


The accused later pleaded guilty for the fourth charge with possession of a home-made firearm, under Section 36(1) of the Firearms Act 1960.


Mohd Nizam then pleaded guilty to a charged under Section 323 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 326A of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensives Weapons Act for possession of molotov-cocktail.


He had committed all the offences about 4.45pm on Jan 25, at his home in Behor Empiang.


Mohd Nizam later pleaded guilty to the sixth charge under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt to his wife on Jan 24.


The court subsequently sentenced him to imprisonment between one and three years' for each of the charges and ordered the sentences to run concurrently from the date of his arrest on Jan 25.


Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Amril Johari prosecuted while Mohd Nizam was represented by lawyer Zuhair Ahmad Zakuan.


It was reported that in the incident, the accused had ran amok when a group of policemen arrived at his home to pick him up after his wife lodged a report a day earlier, alleging that the accused had abused her.


The accused had acted violently by hurling an axe, a machete, a hammer and a molotov cocktail from inside his home towards the policemen.


The stand-off had lasted for four hours before policemen managed to detain him.