Man who hit woman in road rage case jailed

Off to jail: Mohamad Zaim being led out of the Magistrate’s Court in Tapah yesterday after his sentencing. He pleaded guilty to criminal intimidation and for voluntary causing hurt. — Bernama

TAPAH: A man who assaulted a female driver in an incident in Lata Iskandar has been sentenced to seven days in prison.

Magistrate Siti Hanum Mohmad Sah meted out the sentence after Mohammad Zaim Faiz Tarmizi, 29, who was unrepresented, pleaded guilty to the two charges against him.

He was charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation and Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt.

The accused could have been sentenced to imprisonment for up to seven years, or a fine or both for the first offence, and imprisonment for up to one year or a fine of up to RM2,000 or both for the second offence.

Mohammad Zaim’s prison sentences were to run concurrently from yesterday.

According to the facts of the case, in the 5.33pm incident on June 5 – a video of which has since gone viral – the complainant Amiera Atiqah Shahrizan, 24, was with her brother travelling in a car on their way to Cameron Highlands.

The complainant admitted that she tried to overtake the car driven by the accused.

On reaching Lata Iskandar, KM22 Jalan Tapah-Cameron Highlands, the accused got out of his car, knocked the window of the complainant’s car and started scolding and threatening her by saying “I am going to break your face soon” and proceeded to hit her on the forehead.

The complainant then lodged a police report and was referred to Hospital Tapah, where she was found to have soft tissue injury on the face, Bernama reported.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor JS Gheeta urged that a sufficient sentence be imposed on the accused for berating, threatening and hitting the victim on the forehead which was unbecoming and irrational.

Mohamad Zaim, however, appealed for a lighter sentence as he has a child and a pregnant wife to support, adding that he acted in such a way because he was angered by the woman’s reckless way of driving.

Meanwhile, Siti Hanum in advising Mohamad Zaim said one must think before acting, adding that any action taken would not only affect one’s self, but also one’s family and the community.

“The case has already gone viral, the court needs to make decisions accordingly,” Siti Hanum added.

A 59-second video showing a man assaulting a female motorist went viral on social media on Monday, which led to the Mohamad Zaim’s arrest in Serdang, Selangor on Tuesday.

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