Thursday, August 22

Lorry driver gets 2 years’ jail, fine for reckless driving

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KUALA LUMPUR: A former lorry driver was sentenced to two years’ jail and RM5,000 fine by the magistrates’ court here yesterday after he was found guilty of causing the death of an eight-year-old boy by reckless driving seven years ago.

CHARGED: C Murugan (right) with his lawyer R Murugan at the magistrates’ court. — Bernama photo

CHARGED: C Murugan (right) with his lawyer R Murugan at the magistrates’ court. — Bernama photo

Magistrate Nik Hasline Hashim, in finding C Murugan guilty of the offence, also fined him RM400 for failing to report the accident within 24 hours, RM300 for driving without a valid licence and another RM300 for driving without insurance protection.

She ordered Murugan to serve the jail sentence from yesterday.

Murugan, 33, from Jalan Sungai Besi, was found guilty of causing the death of Muhammad Aizat Ahmad while driving in a dangerous manner at Lorong Kampung Benteng Segambut, here, at 12.30pm on Dec 10, 2003.

In mitigation, his lawyer, R Murugan, said his client studied only up to Form Three and helped his father to run his scrap-metal business.

Chief Inspector Abdullah Said prosecuted. — Bernama