Shop assistant jailed, fined for driving recklessly

KUALA LUMPUR: A mobile phone shop assistant was sentenced to five months in jail and fined RM7,000 in default of seven months jail by a magistrate's court here for driving recklessly, resulting in damage to five vehicles last week.

Magistrate’s M. Saravanan passed the sentence on Low Kam Weng, 29, after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

The court then ordered the jail time to run from the date of sentencing.

Low was accused of driving a car recklessly and crashing into five vehicles at the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) here at 12.30pm on Jan 16.

Low was charged under Section 42 (1) of the Road Transportation Act 1987, which carries a maximum of five years in prison, a fine up to RM15,000 and his driving licence revoked.

Earlier, DPP Nurliyana Mohd Jafri asked for a sentence that would befit the crime, as it involved public safety.

“The case went viral on social media and caused one of the pillion riders to sustain light injuries on the face and hand.

“The accident involved five vehicles, and all the owners have to pay for the damages,” she said.

Low, who was unrepresented, asked for a lenient sentence on grounds that he did not want to burden his family. 

It was reported on Jan 16 that a man who drove dangerously and crashed into five vehicles on NPE had tried to run away from the scene, but failed when members of the public halted his attempt.


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