Assault convict’s jail term increased to two years

Fadley Faisal

The High Court yesterday increased an assault convict’s jail sentence from eight months to two years after prosecutors appealed citing that the Magistrate’s Court decision was
too lenient.

Mohammad Izzat bin Haji Said was found guilty after a trial on a charge of assaulting a restaurant employee and causing mischief by damaging cars.

It all unfolded when the defendant was having a breakfast buffet at the café of Al-Afiah Hotel at 8.20am on November 22, 2019.

After he finished his meal, the café manager went up to him and asked for payment.

The defendant claimed that a group of men who were at the café would pay for his meal.
The café manager asked the group of men who denied the claim and went back to the defendant to demand payment.

The defendant grew angry and assaulted the café manager causing alarm to the public.

The defendant left and smashed the rear window of a car outside the café using a metal pole, went inside the hotel where he threw a vase and smashed a glass ornament and smashed windows to four more cars within the Kiulap commercial area.

The defendant also went to a restaurant at Batu Satu at about 4pm where he smashed a drinking glass by throwing it on the floor.

Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong considered the appeal to reflect Mohammad Izzat’s “aggressive nature, the assault was directed to an employee in the service industry who was merely carrying out his job, and that lawless conducts in public places are to be adequately discouraged to maintain public confidence” before he arrived to the decision of revising the sentence to two years’ jail.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Raihan Nabilah binti Haji Ahmad Ghazali represented the Public Prosecutor as appellant. Mohammad Izzat appeared in person and was unrepresented
as respondent.