Man in Penang-Shah Alam patrol car joyride case slapped with six charges


BUTTERWORTH: A businessman claimed trial at the Magistrate’s Court here on Wednesday (Oct 28) to six criminal charges, including theft and impersonating a police officer.

Mohamad Azrullah Mohd Rodzi, 33, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate M. Kalaiarasi after the charges were read to him by the court interpreter.

Azrullah, from Bukit Mertajam, appeared confused during the proceedings but contested all the charges.

According to the first charge, he attempted to rob Tang Chye Hong, 49, a phone seller at a shop in 2377, Jalan Permatang Manggis, Tasek Gelugor here at about 10pm on Oct 24.

The charge, framed under Section 393 of the Penal Code, carries a maximum seven years imprisonment and fine upon conviction.

Azrullah was also charged with impersonating a police officer with the intention to arrest the same man at the same place and time.

The charge, under Section 170 of the Penal Code, carries an imprisonment for up to two years or fine or both, if found guilty.

He was further charged with stealing a police mobile patrol vehicle (MPV) at the North Seberang Perai police headquarters, Kepala Batas at about 9.15am on Oct 24.

He faces a maximum seven years' jail and fine, if found guilty of this offence.

The accused was also charged with impersonating a police officer with the intention to steal a police MPV at the same time and place.

The charge, under Section 170 of the Penal Code, carries an imprisonment for up to two years or fine or both, if found guilty.

In the fifth charge, he was accused of stealing two handphones from Nurul Atieka Mazlan, 21, on Oct 24 at about 10am at Kedai Vivo in Pokok Sena, Tasek Gelugor.

This charge, under Section 379 of the Penal Code for theft, carries a seven-year jail sentence or a fine, or whipping or all upon conviction.

He was also charged with impersonating a police officer with the intention to steal the handphones from Nurul.

The charge, under Section 170 of the Penal Code, carries an imprisonment for up to two years or fine or both, if found guilty.

Kalaiarasi allowed the accused bail of RM17,500 with three surety and set Nov 27 for mention and handover of documents.

She agreed to send the accused to Hospital Ulu Kinta for mental evaluation upon his lawyer Muhaimin Hashim's request.

The accused was also represented by another lawyer, Arafas Abdul Razak. Deputy Public Prosecutor Aisyah Al Humairah Kamaruzaman prosecuted.

The case came under the spotlight this week after a new Honda Civic 1.8S police patrol car was stolen from the North Seberang Prai police headquarters and the suspects took it for a 300km joyride to Shah Alam.

Last month the state police force received 26 new Honda Civic 1.8S patrol cars.

The market price for a Honda Civic 1.8S is around RM109,000 without insurance.

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