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Katana-wielding man behind bars over aggression charge

Fadley Faisal

A local man was sentenced to three years’ jail on Thursday after a trial on charges involving aggression.

Senior Magistrate Hajah Ervy Sufitriana binti Haji Abdul Rahman found Prosecutor Ahmad Firdaus Mohammad’s case against Hamzah bin Pehin Orang Kaya Kesuma Dato Paduka Haji Ali proven beyond reasonable doubt for causing affray in disturbance to public peace; possessing a katana in a public place with intent to use it offensively; and exhibiting threatening behaviour by hitting a person with a metal rod and brandishing a katana in breach of public peace. The court disbelieved Hamzah’s defence saying that he had acted out of self-defence, and found that he was the main aggressor.

The prosecution revealed that Hamzah had armed himself with a katana and a metal rod when he went to a house in Kampong Setia ‘A’ at 3am on March 21, 2021.

The victim, named Bunut, was attending a live band performance at a house, and stood by the roadside with his friends when the defendant approached him, followed by the defendant’s friends.

The defendant swung the metal rod and hit Bunut on the head. The defendant pointed and swung the katana at Bunut.

Soon after, the defendant’s son who was among his friends, shouted at Bunut, causing him to run to the middle of the road and fall.

The defendant approached Bunut who was being helped by his friends and then Bunut went to his car.

When one of Bunut’s friends, the second victim, stepped forward, the defendant gave him a headbutt, which prompted him to say, “Just you wait Hamzah.”

The second victim then went up to Bunut and both fled the scene.

Hamzah was represented by defence counsel Pengiran Khairul Nizam bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Yassin of Messrs Yusof Halim and Partners.

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