Thursday January 3, 2013
Scrap dealer charged in hospital after incident while in police custody
By TERENCE TOH
KUALA LUMPUR: A court hearing had to be transferred to a hospital here after it was discovered that the accused had swallowed a light bulb while in police custody.
Scrap dealer S. Mohan, 37, swallowed the bulb on Monday, and was rushed to Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM).
His medical condition meant court proceedings had to continue in the hospital ward.
Mohan was charged with deliberately causing grievous harm to police constable Mohd Norhazril Zainal by trying to run him over with a lorry.
The offence is said to have occurred at Simpang Tiga, Taman Cuepacs in Kajang at about 5.30am on Jan 13 seven years ago.
Constable Mohd Norhazril suffered a broken right leg and wrist as a result. According to the charge, Mohan had been involved in a police chase at the time for involvement in a robbery.
He was charged for voluntarily causing harm to a public servant to deter him from duty under section 333 of the Penal Code, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years prison and fine upon conviction.
He had eluded police until New Year’s day when police detained him for refusing to show his identity card. Subsequently, police checks revealed that he was wanted for trying to run down a policeman.
Yesterday, Mohan was also charged with failing to show his identity card to a police officer in Dang Wangi here at about 6.30am on New Year’s day.
No plea was recorded for both offences, while DPP Wong offered bail of RM15,000.
Magistrate Zaki set bail at RM10,000 and issued an order committing Mohan to a mental facility for one month.
Next mention date was set for Feb 4.