| Fadley Faisal |
A FIRE and Rescue Department personnel, 38, was sentenced to 30 months’ jail by the Intermediate Court yesterday following a fracas he caused at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital last week when he brandished a baseball bat and a hand axe in a fit of anger.
Judge Pg Hajah Hanani Pg Hj Metussain took into consideration mitigations of Awang Abi Hurairah Hj Awang Mohammad, a man with a clean record and 15 years of service with the department, who claimed that he had become bad-tempered after learning of alleged numerous sexual harassments made to his ex-wife at work.
The defendant told the court that he and his ex-wife had just recently divorced and that he blames a man he calls Johari for the collapse of his marriage.
The first count states that the defendant used a baseball bat to cause hurt to Febri Handoko Putro at the RIPAS Hospital canteen at 9pm on January 5, 2013.
The second count states that the defendant had in his possession a baseball bat and a hand axe at Lobby 5 and the Emergency Room of the hospital at about 9.46pm on November 23, 2014. The third count states that the defendant used threatening behaviour to provoke a breach of the peace in the public space at Lobby 5 during the same time.
Deputy Public Prosecutor, Aiman Zakaria, stated the facts of the case which was agreed upon by the defendant, that he had received a call about 8pm on January 5, 2013, from his wife, Norhidayanti, who informed the defendant to pick her up early from work at the hospital canteen because of a dispute with one of her co-workers, Febri Handoko Putro.
The defendant arrived about 9pm and confronted Febri who was ignoring the defendant. This eventually led to the defendant causing hurt to Febri by hitting his temple using the baseball bat he had brought with him.
Febri succumbed to the defendant’s demand to apologise to his wife and promised not to sexually harass her again. A police report was lodged.
On November 23, 2014, at about 9.46pm, the defendant walked from the RIPAS Hospital canteen towards Lobby 5 of the Emergency Room and shouted for Johari while brandishing a baseball bat and an axe.
The defendant demanded to know where the children’s ward was after being told that was where Johari was.
The defendant was subdued by his brother and a friend and was taken away from the scene.