Accused bolts after hearing sentence

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — A commotion broke out in the Magistrate’s Court here today when a trader who had just been sentenced for slapping a security guard, suddenly bolted out of the courtroom during the proceeding.

Saiful Anuar Abdul Halim, 24, who was in the dock, appeared to have panicked when magistrate Adira Adnan imposed a RM1,800 fine in default a three-month jail on him.

Wearing a striped black-and-white T-shirt, he signalled to his fiancee, who was in the public gallery, to also get out, but she did not budge.

Three court policemen gave chase from the third floor to the guardhouse but he managed to escape.

When met by reporters, his fiancee said she was astonished at the accused’s action as she had brought along enough money to pay the fine.

Saiful Anuar was charged with voluntarily causing hurt to a Nepalese security guard, Krishna Dev Tharu, 31, by slapping his face at Regalia Residence, Jalan Anjung Putra in Jalan Sultan Ismail here at 9.40pm on Sept 16.

The charge under Section 323 of the Penal Code provides for a maximum one-year jail or up to RM2,000 fine, or both, on conviction.

According to the facts of the case, the accused was unhappy with Krishna for preventing him from entering the premises.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Farith Muhd Faizal appeared for the prosecution while Saiful Annuar was unrepresented. — Bernama

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