Parang-wielding man gets one year jail, three canings

Fadley Faisal

A man who stormed a café with a parang was sentenced by the Magistrate’s Court yesterday to one year in jail and three strokes of the cane.

Magistrate Mohammad Marzuqi bin Sabtu heard from Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhd Qamarul Affyian bin Abdul Rahman that at 9.30am on September 7, Saidee bin Mohammad Yassin, 44, went by bicycle to a home-based café in Kampong Rimba to buy nasi katok.

When he arrived, he saw his wife sitting with an unknown man there. “His wife was working at the café,” the prosecutor told the court.

The court further heard that after placing his order, the defendant became aware of the other man looking at him.

Somehow, this made him angry. He abruptly left the premises without collecting his takeaway.

He went home to fetch a parang and then went back to the café, where he brandished the weapon at the other man shouting, “Why were you looking at me just now?”

The other man was taken aback. The commotion prompted the café owner to intervene and tell the defendant to leave, which he did shortly after. The café owner apologised to the other man and later lodged a police report, which led to the defendant’s arrest. During investigations, the defendant said he wielded the parang because he was unable to control his rage when the other man looked at him.