Wednesday, August 10

MBPP employee charged with torching doctor, nurse

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M Balachandran leaving the Session Court in George Town. — Bernama photo

GEORGE TOWN: A Penang City Council (MBPP) employee pleaded not guilty in the Session Court here yesterday to causing serious injury on a doctor and a nurse by pouring petrol and setting them on fire last September.

M Balachandran, 39, was charged with voluntarily causing grievous hurt on the two victims at First Floor, Clinic Room UN6, Lam Wah Ee Hospital here at 4.48pm last Sept 3.

The charge, under Section 326 of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years and is liable to fine, or whipping, if found guilty.

Judge Mazdi Abdul Hamid allowed him bail of RM6,000 in one surety and also warned against intimidating the victims.

The court set Jan 3 next year for mention for submission of documents and medical reports on the victim.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Farah Aimy Zainul Anwar, while Balachandran was represented by lawyer Dev Chandran. — Bernama