13-year-old charged in court

Teen claims trial to attempting to rob ehailing driver

SUNGAI PETANI: A 13-year-old boy alleged to have attempted to rob an ehailing driver walked in hand in hand with his parents to the courthouse for his case.

Dressed in a red-collared T-shirt and wearing a cap and mask, the teenager claimed trial in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday for attempting to rob Lee Ang Hie, 65, along Jalan ​​Taman Keladi, Sungai Petani, at about 6pm on Nov 27.

The offence under Section 393 of the Penal Code for attempted robbery carries a maximum jail term of seven years and a possible fine, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Amirul Halimi Md Salleh asked for bail to be set at RM4,000 in one surety.

Magistrate Khairatul Animah Jelani allowed bail to be reduced to RM2,000 in one surety, which the boy’s family posted.

The boy was represented by Duratul Ain Mahmud Morshidi from the National Legal Aid Foundation.

The court set Jan 17 for mention of the case, for the appointment of a lawyer and the submission of documents.

It was reported that a boy tried to stab and rob an ehailing driver in Taman Keladi, near here, at about 6pm on Nov 27.

The driver did not sustain any injury but instead bit the suspect’s hand and managed to disarm the latter before the youngster got out of the car and fled. The teenager’s action was recorded by the dashboard camera in the vehicle.

A one-minute and 32-second video of the incident had gone viral on social media.

The boy was arrested by police at 10pm that day, two hours after a report was lodged by the driver.

Many Malaysians took to social media to express their shock and displeasure at the boy’s action.

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