| Fadley Faisal |
THE prosecution’s appeal against a man convicted of road rage was allowed by the High Court, which also ordered for the suspect to be barred from driving due to public interest.
Mohammad Hassanalhamizan bin Mohd Ibrahim was sentenced to two months’ jail after being convicted of road rage.
He hit a vehicle three times with his car, causing severe damage to the rear bumper.
DPP Sharon Yeo submitted that the sentence was inadequate and that the magistrate was wrong in thinking that there was “no provision” for ordering disqualification from driving.
Justice Dato Paduka Steven Chong took into account the facts of the case and said that the defendant behaved like a road bully by deliberately ramming his vehicle – which had a bull bar fixed to the front – into the car of the victim, who had overtaken him.
“The act showed total disregard for his own safety and that of other road users.
“It is fortunate that no accident occurred and nobody was hurt or killed,” said Justice Chong, adding that nine months’ jail would have been more fitting.
Mohammad Hassanalhamizan, 22, has served his two-month sentence and is currently studying for his O Level exams in two weeks.
Taking this into consideration, Justice Chong said that putting him behind bars wasn’t appropriate.
He, however, said the magistrate is at the discretion to order a disqualification from driving pursuant to Section 40 of the Road Traffic Act notwithstanding that the offence (road rage) falls under the Penal Code, as the defendant was convicted of an “offence in connection with the driving of a motor vehicle”.
The High Court then ordered for the defendant to be disqualified from driving any vehicle for two years and that the order be endorsed on his driving licence.