Labourer jailed for causing death in road accident

KUALA LUMPUR - A construction worker was jailed four years and fined RM10,000 (S$ 4,000) in default six months' jail for causing the deaths of four people in a road accident near Bukit Antarabangsa here.

Masrufi Sain, 67, also lost the right to hold a driver's licence for three years from yesterday in the decision made by an Ampang magistrate's court.

Magistrate Noor Farah Hazwani Osman meted out the sentence, which was to run from May 20 last year when Masrufi was arrested, after he admitted to committing the offence.

Masrufi, who was first charged on Sept 20 last year, drove his Proton Satria recklessly, causing the occupants of a Perodua Viva to be killed.

The driver, Hasbullah Abdul Ghani, 26, died in the accident together with his wife Nurul Intan Syahida Nordin, 22, her cousin Tengku Ahmad Faiz Tengku Mohmad, 28, and his wife Asma Ismail, 23.

Masrufi committed the offence on the Middle Ring Road (MRR) 2, near Bukit Antarabangsa, at around 5.40pm on May 19.

The offence under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act for causing death by reckless or dangerous driving carries up to 10 years' jail and a maximum RM20,000 fine upon conviction.

When met after the proceedings, Nurul Intan Syahida's mother Wan Lili Marsila Wan Jaafar, 45, said the deceased was the second of her three children.

Wan Lili Marsila said it was not easy to accept the loss of her daughter, who had left their house in Terengganu to visit her elder brother here.

Based on the statement of facts, the accident involved three cars and a motorcycle.

S. Purnima was the DPP while Masrufi was unrepresented.