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Bodyguard jailed 12 months for causing hurt

Back to jail: Ja’afar being escorted out of the courtroom.

Back to jail: Ja’afar being escorted out of the courtroom.

GEORGE TOWN: The bodyguard who allegedly went on a shooting spree at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway last December was jailed 12 months after he pleaded guilty to one of the nine charges against him.

Ja’afar Halid, 38, had earlier claimed trial to hurting Lim Boon Leng, 33, but changed his plea when the case came up for mention at a magistrate’s court here yesterday.

He admitted to hitting Lim’s head with a gun near the expressway’s intersection with the Penang Bridge between 7.15pm and 7.30pm on Dec 1 last year.

The offence under Section 324 of the Penal Code carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years, whipping or a fine or any two of the punishments.

Requesting for a lighter sentence, defence counsel Cheah Eng Soon said Ja’afar had pleaded guilty.

DPP Farah Aimy Zainul Anwar urged the court to impose a punishment that would be a lesson to the accused.

Magistrate Che Rohana Ismail ordered the jail term to start from the date of conviction yesterday.

Ja’afar faces eight other charges – three for murder and five for attempted murder. One of the victims was his boss Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, 32.

Yesterday, the five charges for attempted murder came up for mention at a Sessions Court, which fixed July 10 for submission of documents.

Ja’afar had pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempting to murder K. Arivarni, 34, TNB assistant manager Nurul Huda Ab Aziz, 39, factory worker Lee Hong Boon, 57, RTM videographer Mohamad Amirul Amin Mohamed Amer, 29, and bank worker Puoh Bee Joo, 33.

He was represented by Ravi Chandran from the National Legal Aid Foundation while DPP Nurul Huda Idris prosecuted.

The murder charges are set for mention on June 23.

Besides Ong, Ja’afar is alleged to have murdered professional clown Choi Hon Ming, 32, and flower supplier M. Senthil, 38, with a Glock 19 pistol.