Friday, November 22

E-hailing driver bashed up by foreigners

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Police escort the suspects to the Miri Central police station.

MIRI: A 33-year-old e-hailing driver had to be hospitalised after he was beaten up by four foreigners who decided they would not pay for a last-minute cancellation.

Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah said the incident took place at 1.15am near a 24-hour shop in Jalan Boulevard on Thursday (Oct 10).

“As a result, the victim suffered injuries to his left arm and head and is currently receiving treatment at Miri Hospital,” Lim said in a statement yesterday.

He said the incident occurred after the victim demanded compensation for petrol because the suspects had ordered the e-hailing service but chose not to use it when he arrived at the location.

This resulted in an argument over last-minute cancellation charges.

“The victim was injured using a broken bottle, resulting in injuries to the front and back of his head and received two stitches for each part. The victim also suffered a wound on his right cheek and received two stitches.

“The victim was then admitted to the surgical ward to treat wounds on his left arm, and to wash and stich up torn arm muscles after being stabbed with the broken glass bottle,” Lim said.

He disclosed that at the time of the incident, all the suspects, who are in their 20s, were under the influence of alcohol.

It is understood that the suspects fled the scene when the driver fell unconscious.

Members of the public, who found the driver lying on the road, brought him to Miri Hospital.

All the suspects were picked up from various locations in the city during an operation around 9.30am on Thursday.

Lim added they are assisting with the police investigation under Section 324 of the Penal Code.