Bus driver stabber’s evaluation extended

GEORGE TOWN - The month-long psychiatric evaluation of a woman charged with injuring a Rapid Penang bus captain with a dangerous weapon has been extended by another month.

Magistrate L. Umma Devi also postponed the mention of the case involving Chong Lan Keow (pic) to Dec 10 pending the Tanjung Rambutan hospital’s report on her psychiatric evaluation.

On Oct 10, Chong, 49, a vegetable delivery woman, was accused of intentionally causing hurt to Aisyamudin Yaacob, 27, with a knife.

She allegedly committed the offence in a Rapid Penang bus in Relau at 6:50am on Oct 6.

The offence under Section 324 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to three years or a fine or whipping, or any of the two punishments.

DPP Noor Azura Zulkiflee prosecuted the case, while Chong was represented by Goh Chee Sun from the National Legal Aid Foundation.

In the Oct 6 incident, Aisyamudin was attacked and stabbed multiple times in the leg with a sharp weapon by a bus commuter. The stabbing punctured an artery, causing major blood loss.

He managed to hit the panic button to inform the command centre of the attack before losing consciousness.

Another Rapid Penang bus driver passing the scene minutes later stopped to help.

It was reported that Chong’s nephew, who declined to be named, said his aunt showed signs of being mentally unsound about 20 years ago.

He said Chong would talk and laugh to herself but never harmed anyone.