BUKIT MERTAJAM: A teacher was fined RM2,000 by a magistrate's court here for negligently failing to restraint his dog from mauling a seven-year old girl in his neighbourhood.
V. Thinakaran, 49, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was said to have failed to guard his dog, which attacked Dhiya Qairina Muhammad Nur Akmal at 6.45pm in their neighbourhood in Bandar Perda, here on April 18.
He was charged under Section 289 of the Penal Code for not guarding an animal in his possession against causing danger to human life or grievous hurt, which carries a six months jail sentence, or RM2,000 fine or both.
Thinakaran, who was accompanied by two relatives, was unrepresented.
In his plea, he told the court that he regretted the incident and had apologised to the victim and her family.
"I can feel for the victim and I really regret that the incident occurred," he said.
He said he had adopted the dog to help protect the safety of his two children and mother-in-law.
Deputy Public Prosecutor J.G. Kaameni Jaya Raman pressed for maximum sentence against the accused, whose alleged negligence in the incident had posed a threat to the safety of others.
"The victim suffered deep trauma that requires some time to get over," she said.
Magistrate Chiang Kiang Hong then fined Thinakaran the maximum RM2,000.
Thinakaran paid the fine.
In the incident, it was reported that Dhiya Qairina was cycling with a friend outside her house in Lorong Perda Timur 9 in Bandar Perda here.
The dog was said to have attacked her when she fell off her bicycle.
She suffered deep gashes on her buttocks and back.
On the same day, Thinakaran visited Dhiya Qairina, who was admitted at a nearby private hospital and apologised for the incident.
The Seberang Prai Municipal Council had earlier slapped him with a RM500 fine for not renewing the dog's licence.