Tuesday October 9, 2012
Cop who fired his gun inside nightspot claims trial to four charges
KUCHING: A policeman accused of firing a gun in a nightspot here last week has claimed trial to three charges under the Penal Code and one under the Arms Act 1960.
Magistrate Gerald Empaling Donald read the charges against Balaprakash Prabakaran, 21, a general duties constable with Sri Aman police, in court yesterday.
He was charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code with criminal intimidation with intention to cause death or injury using a Walther P99 pistol at 2.45am on Oct 3 at Travillion Commercial Centre in Padungan.
He was charged separately with committing the offence against Darul Azlan Muhammad Farid, 23, and Joseph Sat, 22, who are employees of the nightspot, and fellow policeman, Irwan Iskandar Md Yasin. The offence carries a jail sentence of up to seven years or a fine or both.
Balaprakash, who is from the peninsula, was also charged with illegally firing his weapon under Section 39(a) of the Arms Act 1960 which carries a jail sentence of not more than a year and whipping or a fine not more than RM2,000 or both.
The magistrate had released him on a RM10,000 court bail with two sureties and scheduled his trial for Nov 26 and 27.
Balaprakash was represented by a lawyer, Shankar Ram, while the prosecution was represented by Deputy Public Prosecutor Poh Yih Tinn.