Saturday January 26, 2013
Curry powder trio in court
By JOSEPHINE JALLEH
BUTTERWORTH: The three men who escaped in a police van after throwing curry powder on their guards were produced in court under heavy police presence.
A total of 12 policemen closely watched over them in a magistrate’s court as they pleaded guilty to five charges of causing hurt to four policemen and escaping custody.
Farid Akhtar, 24, Mohd Sharimy Nor, 28, and Mohd Khairulnizam Abdul Rani, 26, admitted hurting policemen Mohd Nazzwuan Md Zain, Mohd Azizan Ahmad, Muhammad Sharifuddin Ali and Mahendren Tambi Kechik, who were escorting them to Butterworth at around 9.45am on Jan 7.
The offence under Section 332 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of three years or a fine, or both.
They also pleaded guilty to escaping police custody at the same time and place.
The offence under Section 224 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of two years or a fine, or both.
DPP Pang Chuin Keat said no bail should be allowed considering the seriousness of the offence.
He said Farid was previously charged under Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang robbery, Mohd Sharimy under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder and Mohd Khairulnizam under Section 326 of the Penal Code for causing hurt.
“Those were the main reasons why they were in police custody.
“They ran away when in custody. What will happen if they are freed?
“It is in the best interest of the public to detain them. They are a danger to society,” he said. The three accused were unrepresented.
Magistrate Hizween Azleena Othman Kamal denied bail and fixed March 5 for tender of medical documents and statements from the victims.