Saturday January 5, 2013
PPS member fined RM3,000
GEORGE TOWN: A Voluntary Patrol Unit (PPS) member was fined RM3,000 by a magistrate’s court here after he pleaded guilty to hurting a journalist on duty.
Lim Ah Chye, 52, admitted to hurting Guang Ming Daily’s deputy crime chief Ang Kean Siang, 32, in front of a PPS makeshift operations centre in Perak Lane at about 1.40am on Dec 30.
The father of two also admitted to committing mischief that resulted in RM1,200 worth of damage to Ang’s camera.
Lim was charged with both offences with another man still at large.
According to the facts of the case, Ang was outside the Sri Wangsa Flats where a 39-year-old woman had fallen to her death.
He was taking photos when a man confronted him.
Ang slipped away to the flats to avoid an argument and was later approached by another man who offered to help him leave the area.
Instead, the man took Ang on a motorcycle to the PPS centre where two men, including the first man who had confronted him, assaulted him.
During mitigation, defence counsel Sukhindarpal Singh said Lim had openly confessed and apologised to Ang at a press conference on Thursday.
“Lim was called to the scene of an apparent suicide of the wife of a friend. He was overcome by emotion and sadness over the death,” he said.
He added that it was Lim’s first offence.
DPP Mohd Khairul Fairuz Rahman asked for a deterrent sentence.
Magistrate Norhayati Ibrahim fined Lim RM1,000 for hurting Ang and another RM2,000 for damaging his camera.
Lim, who is a paint shop worker, has been suspended from the PPS following the incident.