BUKIT MERTAJAM - Another man has been charged with hurling obscenities at a policeman.
M. Magendran, 25, from Taman Sejahtera in Lunas, Kedah, is alleged to have shouted obscene words with the intention of insulting Kpl Daemi Ishak in front of the Tuanku Bainun Teachers Training Institute in Jalan Mengkuang here at about 11.45am on Wednesday.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge under Section 509 of the Penal Code at a magistrate's court here yesterday. The offence carries a jail term of up to five years or a fine or both.
Magistrate Nurzafirah Mohamed Ali set bail at RM4,000 (S$1,600) in one surety and fixed Sept 23 for mention of the case.
Earlier in the same court, Magendran claimed trial to a charge of taking methamphetamine.
The offence under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 - said to be committed at the central Seberang Prai district narcotics criminal investigation division office here at about 2pm on the same day - carries a jail term of up to two years or a maximum fine of RM5,000.
Nurzafirah set bail at RM3,000 in one surety and fixed Oct 27 for mention.
Magendran was unrepresented while DPP Kamalizah Md Zain prosecuted.
He is the second person to be charged under Section 509 - using words or gestures intended to insult the modesty of a person - for insulting a policeman in Penang this month.
Last Thursday, tombstone engraver Lim Pei Jye, 41, was jailed a week and fined RM5,000 by a magistrate's court in George Town after he pleaded guilty to scribbling a vulgar word on a summons issued to him by a traffic policeman.