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Drunk driver faces more than 11 years in jail for death of policeman

K.Kalaichelvan taken to the courts today.

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – May 13, 2020: A businessman who crashed into a movement control order (MCO) roadblock at the Kajang-Seremban Expressway (Lekas), killing a policeman, has been charged with four offences today.

K.Kalaichelvan, 44 pleaded not guilty to the offences which he allegedly committed in the early morning of May 3.

For the first charge, he was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing the death of 31-year-old Kpl Safwan Mohamad Ismail who was manning the roadblock.

The offence falls under Section 44(1)(B) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which carries a penalty of imprisonment between three to 10 years and up to RM20,000 in fine.

Under the same act, he was also accused of driving without a license, an offence under Section 26(1) and faces a fine between RM300 and RM2,000 or jail up to three months or both if convicted.

Kalaichelvan will also be charged under Section 26(2) of the Police Act 1967 for failing to stop at a roadblock which carries a fine of up to RM1,000 or imprisonment of up to 12 months or both, if convicted.

These three charges were brought against him at the Sessions Court in Kajang.

Judge Mohd Kafli Che Ali fixed the bail amount at RM20,000 in one surety. The case is set for mention on June 18.

At a separate court, Kalaichelvan claimed trial to moving within an infected area at the same highway on the same day.

He was charged under Rule 3(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020 for being outside the house without a valid reason during the MCO, an offence which carries a maximum fine of RM1,000 or up to six months’ in jail or both, upon conviction.

Magistrate Muhammad Noor Firdaus Rosli set RM 1,000 bail in one surety. The case is fixed for mention of August 10.

Drunk driving has long been a public menace and last year saw a 35-year-old woman named Olivia Chong sentenced to 17 years in prison and fined RM39,000 for causing four deaths while driving under the influence of alcohol.

The tragic incident happened in Tawau, Sabah in July 2018 and if that case were to be used as precedent, Kalaichelvan is looking at a possible 11 years and 9-month maximum jail time, accompanied by a RM24,000 maximum fine.

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