GEORGE TOWN: The bodyguard accused of going on a shooting spree at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway last December has pleaded guilty to the offence of injuring a 32-year-old man in the incident.
Magistrate Che Rohana Ismail sentenced 38-year-old Ja'afar Halid to 12 months jail on Friday after he changed his plea and admitted to injuring Lim Boon Leng by pistol-whipping him on the head between 7.15pm and 7.30pm near the Penang Bridge intersection of the expressway on Dec 1 last year.
The offence under Section 324 of the Penal Code carries a maximum jail sentence of 10 years, whipping or a fine or any two of the sentences upon conviction.
Ja'afar is also facing eight other charges, including three murder charges and five attempted murder charges.
He had been charged with murdering his boss, businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, who was Lim's business partner; professional clown Choi Hon Ming and flower supplier M. Senthil.
Ja'afar is accused of using a firearm to shoot the back of Ong's head, Choi's chest and right thigh and Senthil's chest.
He has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of K. Arivarni, TNB Bhd assistant manager Nurul Huda Ab Aziz, factory worker Lee Hong Boon, RTM videographer Mohamad Amirul Amin Mohamed Amer and bank worker Puoh Bee Joo.