Man gets 6 months' jail for threatening police officer in lock-up


IPOH: A man was charged with criminal intimidation in the magistrate’s court today for threatening a police officer while he was in a police station lock-up.

The accused S. Ramachandran, 37, from Jelapang, pleaded guilty to committing the offence at cell number five, Bercham Police Station lock-up on Oct 18, 2016 at about 9.40am.

He nodded slowly when the charge was read to him by the court interpreter in Tamil before magistrate Siti Salwa Ja’afar.

The accused was charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation punishable under the same section and could face a maximum of seven years imprisonment or a fine, or both.

During the incident, the accused had threatened the police officer twice by saying “Sir, I will hire someone outside to shoot you, why you harass me?”, when the officer visited his cell.

In his defence, Mahinderjit Singh who represented the accused, requested for a lower sentence and fine as he was a stall helper with an income of RM1,200 a month.

However, deputy public prosecutor Naidatul Athirah Azman requested for a deterrent sentence as a lesson to the accused to not repeat the same offence in the future.

Siti Salwa sentenced the accused to six months of jail from the day he was arrested and a RM2,000 fine, in default two months’ jail.

In another case, a restaurant chef was charged in the same magistrate’s court for drug possession.

Wong Hong Yang, 25, was charged for possessing 0.35g methamphetamine on March 4.

He pleaded guilty to the alternative charge after it was read by the court interpreter in Mandarin before magistrate Siti Salwa.

He committed the crime at 316, Merloon Hotel, No. 92, Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri, here at about 5.05pm.

The 25-year-old from Taman Gemilang here was charged under Section 12 (2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, punishable under Section 12 (3) of the same Act.

The charge carries a jail term of up to five years or a fine of up to RM100,000 or both upon conviction.

Siti Salwa ordered the accused to pay RM2,000 fine, in default one month jail as a replacement to an earlier sentence of seven months imprisonment from the date he was arrested.

In the third case, an unemployed man was charged with vehicle theft in the same magistrate’s court for stealing a motorcycle.

S. Ravi, from Ipoh pleaded guilty to the alternative charge after it was read by in Tamil the court interpreter before magistrate Siti Salwa.

The 38-year-old stole a blue Honda EX5 motorcycle from No. 20, Persiaran Pengkalan 4, Taman Sri Megah, Lahat.

He was charged under Section 411 of the Penal Code for dealing with stolen property.

Siti Salwa sentenced him to six months’ jail and RM2,000 fine, in default one month jail.