Wednesday March 6, 2013
Curry powder trio get 24-month jail
By M. SIVANANTHA SHARMA
BUTTERWORTH: The three detainees who escaped custody after throwing curry powder at their police escorts will serve a 24-month jail term each.
Farid Akhtar, 24, Mohd Sharimy Nor, 28, and Mohd Khairulnizam Abdul Rani, 26, were jailed for hurting four policemen and sentenced to another 18 months’ jail each for escaping police custody. However, they will only serve 24 months as magistrate Muhammad Firdaus Abdul Wahab ordered the jail terms to run concurrently from the dates of their arrests.
The trio had pleaded guilty to all five charges on Jan 25. They admitted committing the offences at about 9.45am on Jan 7.
They had faced a maximum jail term of three years, a fine or both for each charge of causing hurt under Section 332 of the Penal Code while the penalty for escaping custody under Section 224 of the Penal Code comes with a maximum two-year jail term, a fine or both.
DPP Masnuraznim Abdul Malik pressed for a deterrent sentence, saying the trio had committed an act of total disregard for the rule of law.
“They also created fear amongst villagers. As such, the punishment must be deterrent and serve as a lesson to others,” she said.
The three were among seven detainees who escaped custody while being transferred from the Penang prison to the Butterworth courthouse.
They escaped in a police van at the Butterworth Outer Ring Road after throwing curry powder at their escorts to temporarily blind them.
Farid and Mohd Sharimy were arrested on Jan 12 and Mohd Khairulnizam a day later.
Two others – Mohd Fairus Adam, 31, and Mohd Noor Ahmad Mustafa, 28 – were killed in a shootout with the police on Jan 10.
The remaining two – Hamzani Harun, 37, and Hisham Abdul Rahman, 39 – are still at large.
It has been reported that 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.