17yo Kedah teen who drove without a license & killed 2 grass cutters charged, pleads not guilty

Image credit: Astro Awani, Utusan Malaysia

It goes without saying that teenagers should never attempt to get behind the wheel of a vehicle without a valid driver’s license. The lack of experience driving a car can not only endanger the your life and that of other road users, but the legal repercussions that come as a result of doing so in the event of an accident can prove incredibly severe.

Kedah teenager kills 2 grass cutters on joyride without license

And in the case of a 17-year-old teenager, this would be the consequences that he would have to face after his joyride in the family MPV led to the deaths of two grass cutters on 7th May 2022. As reported by Astro Awani, the initial accident had taken place along Jalan Pintasan Semeling at 11.10am in the morning, when the silver Perodua Alza driven by the teenager had suddenly accelerated from a stop light.

The 17-year-old was charged in court for killing 2 grass cutters. Image credits: Astro Awani
The 17-year-old was charged in court for killing 2 grass cutters. Image credits: Astro Awani

Losing complete control of the vehicle, the car then skidded up a curb before striking two trees and crashing into the grass cutters who had been resting by the curb. The accident left 21-year-old Siouca Chakma dead at the scene, while 31-year-old Akter Kamal Hosen, suffered critical injuries and died two days later in hospital. Both were Myanmar nationals working in Malaysia.

The charges were read out to the teenager, who was dressed in his school uniform, at the Sungai Petani Magistrate’s Court yesterday (19th May 2022) by Magistrate Noor Fazlina Musa. He pleaded not guilty.

Teenager charged under Road Transportation Act

Both offenses are now being charged under Section 41(1) of the Road Transportation Act 1987, which upon conviction, could lead to a jail term of anywhere between five to 10 years, in addition to a fine amounting anywhere between RM20,000 to RM50,000.

Two grass cutters died as a result of the crash. Image credit: Utusan Malaysia
Two grass cutters died as a result of the crash. Image credit: Utusan Malaysia

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Public Prosecutor, S. Preeyaa, while the 17-year-old was represented in court by Norfarahazlinda Zahari, a lawyer from the National Legal Aid Foundation. Bail was fixed at RM2,000 for each charge by the court, and the case is set to be mentioned on 27th July 2022. The teenager is now free on bail after his father had posted the amount.

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