Jail and fine for smashing JPJ vehicles and intimidating officer
Posted on July 24, 2012, Tuesday
KUCHING: A man who pleaded guilty to smashing two Road Transport Department (JPJ) patrol vehicles and intimidating an officer was sentenced to three days’ jail and fined RM9,000 by the magistrates’ court here yesterday.
Failure to settle the fine means Thian Wee Siong, 36, has to serve another 14 months’ jail.
He was convicted of two mischief offences and one for criminal intimidation.
Magistrate Gerald Empaling Donald ordered Thian’s jail sentence to take effect from yesterday.
Thian was charged with smashing the windscreen and slashing the tyres of the vehicles during a roadblock conducted by the department at Jalan Song at about 10.30am on June 19 this year. Total loss inflicted was estimated at RM2,000.
During the incident, he intimidated JPJ officer Awangku Khairul Anwar Pengiran Mohamad with a parang.
Thian, driving a white Proton Arena, was stopped by the officers during the operation and issued a summons for driving a car with an expired road tax.
Enraged at being compounded, he confronted the personnel with a piece of wood and parang before smashing the windscreen, slashing the tyres of the vehicles and threatening the officer.
Thian appeared calm when the decision was delivered.
He had pleaded not guilty when the case was first mentioned in court last week but decided to change his mind yesterday, admitting to all the charges framed against him.
In passing sentence, Magistrate Gerald considered his mitigation and guilty plea which had saved the judiciary much time.
The court noted that the accused was a first offender. It also considered public interest, his intimidation of a JPJ personnel and damaging the vehicles of the Road Transport Department, which was a serious offence.
It took into account that the accused was remorseful and regretted his actions, so gave him the opportunity to turn over a new leaf.
Mischief comes under Section 427 of the Penal Code which provides for imprisonment for a term of not more than two years or fine; while criminal intimidation, under Section 506 of the same code, carries a jail term of not more than seven years or fine, or both.