Waiter jailed for beating up drunk motorist

KUALA LUMPUR - A waiter learned that two wrongs don't make a right after he was fined and jailed for beating up a drunk driver who crashed into him.

Abdul Baksri Pidling, 23, pleaded guilty to causing hurt to taxi driver G. Govindran, 43, who crashed into his car at a junction in Taman Maluri, Cheras, at around 4.30am on July 27.

According to the statement of facts, Govindran had approached Abdul Baksri after the crash to ask for his identity card and driving licence.

Instead of handing them over, Abdul Baksri slapped him.

A group of 15 to 20 ­bystanders then joined in to beat up Govindran, during which his car keys and wallet were also stolen.

The statement also noted that Govindran was drunk at that time and had been driving against traffic.

In pleading for leniency, Abdul Baksri, who was not represented, said he had only hurt the other man and did not rob him.

He also asked for a lower fine, saying that he only earned RM1,500 a month and had to support his six ­younger siblings.

Prosecuting officer ASP Zuraimi Kama­rozzama asked for a deterrent sentence, adding that Govindran had suffered injuries to his head, arms and body.

Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris then fined Abdul Baksri RM1,200 and jailed him three days from the date of his arrest.

As Abdul Baksri was ­arrested a few days ago, he will not need to serve any more prison time.

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