A 58-year-old local man was indicted with a charge of assaulting a dentist, at the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
The allegation against Christopher Cheok stated that he had assaulted a “government dental officer during an altercation at the National Dental Centre on April 6 by pointing his finger to the victim’s face, while uttering obscenities, causing him to apprehend that the defendant was about to use criminal force towards him.”
The defendant’s lawyer, Robin Cheok informed the court that the defendant was not ready to have his plea recorded and asked for more time to consider the case and to advise the defendant, when DPP Nurul Fitri binti Kiprawi applied for the charge to be read and the defendant’s plea to be recorded.
Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid adjourned the case to July 1. The defendant was released on court bail for a sum of BND1,500 or one local surety, with the condition that the defendant is not to approach the victim, directly or indirectly.
The charge against the defendant carries a maximum penalty of a year’s jail and a fine. The Attorney General’s Chambers issued a reminder to the public that verbal or physical threats made towards public servants is an offence under the Penal Code, Chapter 22, and punishable.