Lawnmower’s broken blade found 300m away after fatal strike

TAMPIN: A broken blade from a ride-on lawnmower which fatally struck a Form 2 student at a field in SMK Tuanku Abd Rahman near here was found some 300m from where the machine was being operated.

Tampin OCPD Supt Hamazah Abd Razak said a police forensics team found the broken blade more than three hours after the incident.

“We have sent the blade to the Chemistry Department for analysis.

“My men found the blade in a bush near a housing area outside the school which is quite a distance away from the machine,” he said.

Supt Hamazah said police would work with other agencies to find out how the blade broke.

He said that while the driver of the ride-on lawnmower has been released on police bail, they would probe the case under Section 304 of the Penal Code for manslaughter.

Fourteen-year-old Nur Afini Roslan died instantly when a part of her skull was sliced open after being struck by the blade.

She was with a group of students at the school field around 10.30am on Tuesday when the incident happened.

Two other students were injured and were referred to the Gemas health clinic and then to the Kuala Pilah Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the ride-on lawnmower was cutting grass near where the students had gathered to rehearse for their Sports Day.

The victim's 55-year-old father Roslin Samat said Nur Afini had represented Pahang in archery since she was in Standard Four.

“Nur Afini continued to represent Pahang in the sport until last year.

“However, she moved to Gemas with me early last month and enrolled for Form Two at the school.

“In fact, I had only days ago told her to register with the Negri Sembilan archery association as she was passionate about the sport. But she delayed it as she was busy preparing for her school’s Sports Day,” he said.

Separately, the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) has urged the Education Ministry to check occupational safety and health aspects in schools.

The NUTP’s secretary-general Harry Tan said awareness of occupational safety and health is important to avoid such mishaps.

“The ministry must ensure that schools are a safe space for teachers and students,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has reminded the public not to upload and share the photos of the incident on social media.

The MCMC in a statement said that such acts were an offence under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

The offence is punishable by a maximum fine of RM50,000, a jail term not exceeding one year, or both, upon conviction.

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