BY Fadley Faisal
A LOCAL man was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment by the Magistrate’s Court after he pleaded guilty to attacking a bin truck driver with a weapon, on Tuesday.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Hidayatul Aeny Alisah binti Haji Zullizam informed the court Hassan bin Haji Dollah, 56, had been riding his bicycle along Jalan Mumong towards his father’s house on May 30, when he stopped to look for some wires at a waste disposal area.
He was sifting through items that included a pair of safety boots, a broom and gloves, when a bin truck arrived on the scene.
When the driver told him not to touch the items, the defendant became offended and said, “Am I stealing (Aku curikah)?”
On being told that the refuse collectors’ salaries would be deducted if any items went missing, the defendant became angrier. Brandishing a sheathed machete, he approached the driver, who was still sitting in the truck. In the ensuing scuffle, the driver was struck so hard in the face with the machete, that its sheath came loose.
The defendant tried to hit the driver again with the unsheathed machete, but he managed to avoid it.
At this point, the driver’s co-worker intervened and managed to calm the defendant down.
Following the incident, the truck driver lodged a police report, which led to the defendant’s arrest.
Magistrate Kamaliah Fadhilah binti Haji Ibrahim excluded the consideration of a mandatory caning for the defendant, in view of his age.
However, she insisted on the custodial sentence, as the defendant’s act was deemed to be intolerable and unjustified, despite his claim of being provoked by the driver.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin