Fit of rage lands man in jail

Fadley Faisal

The High Court yesterday handed a sentence of three years’ jail to a local man age of over 50 for assault of a police officer, mischief and possession of a weapon in public.

Hamzah bin Haji Md Noor was spared from a mandatory whipping sentence on account of his age.

Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong saw the defendant plead guilty to the charges of assaulting a police officer in execution of his duty, mischief by damaging a car, mischief by damaging a police car and possession of a machete in a public place without a lawful purpose.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Norhafizah binti Ahmad revealed the facts stating that the defendant had an argument with his housemate over an accusation of theft over a missing mobile phone at their shared residence in the early hours of February 16, 2020.

The defendant was in a fit of rage and stormed out of the house armed with a machete, brick and hoe handle which he then used to damage his housemate’s car parked outside.

The police was alerted when members of the public outside the house saw the defendant running amok.

The police arrived and tried to subdue the defendant who in return brandished the weapon and attacked the police car.

The police managed to enter the car and reverse it while the defendant was attacking it and eventually causing the police to leave the scene without making an arrest.

The defendant, represented by Defence Counsel Rozaiman Abdul Rahman, submitted in mitigations that the defendant is a 53-year-old divorcee, unemployed and is not a violent man.

“He was infuriated by his housemate’s theft accusation against him and committed the offences when he lost his temper, may have been drunk at the time and is a first offender,” Rozaiman added.

The Chief Justice concluded on the case stating that “lawlessness of the kind displayed by the defendant must be punished severely to deter such behaviour, even on the assumption the defendant was drunk which his self-induced intoxication cannot mitigate the offences”.