Ride-hailling robbers get 3-year jail sentence, four strokes


KUALA LUMPUR: Two friends were sentenced to three years in prison and four strokes of the rotan each by a Sessions Court here for robbing e-hailing service drivers last year.

Sessions Court judge Mahyon Talib passed the sentence on R. Nanthakumar, 32, and C.S. Komagan, 40, after they pleaded guilty to the charges pressed against them on Wednesday (Jan 2).

The court ordered that the sentence run from the date of arrest on Dec 11, last year.

According to the first charge sheet, the two robbed a 29-year-old Grab driver Ton Kwong Hong of his two cell phones and RM150 in cash, totalling RM2,000 in all.

The offence was committed in front of Sri San Peng flat at 12.50pm on Dec 2, last year.

According to the second charge sheet, they robbed a MyCar driver Mohamad Aniff Azhari Hamidi, 29, of his wallet, two phones and RM400 cash, for a total of RM1,000.

The offence was committed at a hotel carpark on Jalan Pudu, at 2.20pm on Dec 4, last year.

Both of the offences, under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code, carry a maximum 20 years in jail, plus fined or caning, upon conviction.

Earlier, DPP Siti Hajar Mohd Ashif told the court to consider that gang robbery had become a rampant crime. She asked the court to mete out a just sentence.

Both accused, who were not represented, told the court that they were the main breadwinner in their respective family and asked for a lenient sentence.

According to the statement of facts, the two men pretended to be customers by using the MyCar and Grab applications to book services.

After riding in the cars, they then robbed their victims.