Man with brain tumour jailed for damaging lifts

A 35-YEAR-OLD man who suffers from an inoperable brain tumour went on a two-month lift-damaging spree around his housing estate. 

Ridzal Ahmad, a part-time security officer, removed no-smoking signs and certificate holders in the lifts and screws from the button fixtures at the lift lobbies.  

He was jailed two months and two weeks after pleading guilty to 13 charges of mischief on Tuesday.  

Nine other charges were taken into consideration. 

Ridzal was originally charged with vandalism, which carriesa punishment of caning. 

The charges were reduced after his defence counsel – appointed under the criminal legal aid scheme – made representations on compassionate grounds to the Attorney-General's Chambers. 

The lawyer said Ridzal was frustrated and depressed over his inability to find a stable job and was suffering from the side effects of radiation treatment. 

He said Ridzal also suffered from diabetes. 

District judge Mavis Chionh noted that Ridzal was in tremendous pain from the tumour but also considered the large number of offences and damage to public property. 

She ordered Ridzal to pay S$4,630 (RM10,186) to the Marine Parade Town Council for the damage. 

If he could not pay, he would be jailed another five weeks. – The Strait Times/Asia News Network 

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