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Harsher sentence sought in hot pursuit case

Fadley Faisal

The public prosecutor has filed an appeal against the sentence handed to a local man in a case of dangerous driving and ignoring police orders.

The Notice of Appeal filed on May 19 stated that the public prosecutor is of the view that the BND2,500 fine handed to Mohammad Khairul Adzmie bin Sahari was “manifestly inadequate”.

The Magistrate’s Court ordered the defendant to settle a BND2,500 fine or serve a two-and-a-half month jail sentence in default of payment, following his guilty plea to the two charges on May 16.

Mohammad Khairul Adzmie admitted to the facts of the case stating that on the evening of February 2, 2021, while attempting to escape the long arm of the law, the defendant had made a tight U-turn upon noticing a police roadblock along Jalan Labu. The manoeuvre spelt chaos for oncoming traffic. A high-speed police chase ensued in the opposite direction of the road.

The defendant also ignored police orders to pull over and instead, rammed into the rear of a police car that had overtaken in an attempt to slow the defendant down. The defendant was eventually arrested.

The public prosecutor reviewed the case and contested the decision.