Family claims trial to rioting after fatal road accident

Facing the law: The three accused being escorted by police at the Magistrate’s Court in George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: A couple and their son have pleaded not guilty at the Magistrate’s Court here to rioting in a public place following a road accident that killed a woman motorcyclist in Tanjung Bungah.

The three accused – Oo Teck Yeon, 55, his wife Chuah Chew Ting, 54, and their son Oo Cheng Sing, 28 – claimed trial after their charges were read before Magistrate Mohamad Azlan Basri yesterday.

They were accused of rioting in Jalan Loh Poh Heng, Tanjung Bungah, at 11.20am on May 8, and charged under Section 160 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of six months or a RM1,000 fine, or both, if convicted.

Mohamad Azlan then set RM5,000 bail in one surety for each accused.

However, lawyer Zainal Akram Zainal Azahar, who represented the three accused, requested that the bail be reduced as his clients had been given police bail on May 9 and had been cooperating well with the authorities.

He said his male clients were currently employed while his female client is a housewife.

Mohamad Azlan then reduced the bail amount to RM2,500 in one surety for each accused.

He also set July 11 for case mention and submission of documents.

On May 12, police arrested six individuals allegedly involved in a scuffle following a road accident that killed a woman motorcyclist on the spot.

A viral video showed a car crashing into a motorcyclist, with both the victim and the car then crashing into the pavement along a housing area.

A fight occurred at the same location, possibly minutes after the accident, with several people seen scuffling while others tried to break up the fight.

Police said those involved in the fight were family members of the motorcyclist and the car driver.

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