KOTA KINABALU: A secondary school teacher from Papar was fined RM5,000 in default six months’ jail for reckless driving resulting in the death of his passenger.
High court deputy registrar Zaini Fishir heard that a Wira vehicle driven by Marinus Lojikip, from Kampung Bawan, Membakut made a dangerous U turn along Jalan Lintas, Kepayan on June 4, 2004 at 7.55pm resulting in a Toyota driven by another motorist to ram against the left side of Marinus’ vehicle.
Prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector Wilynton Enchana Watt said that as a result, passenger James Joiti, 53, who was seated next to Marinus sustained injuries on his body, leg and arm. He was warded at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but died shortly after.
Marinus pleaded guilty to the offence that carries a fine from RM4,000 to RM10,000 and liable to 12 months’ imprisonment under Section 43 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for negligent and reckless driving. Marinus also had his driving license endorsed with the offence committed.
In the same court, five people were slapped with a fine for drunk driving.
Sutera Harbour clerk, Fazura Azima binti Ag Sha, 32 was fined RM2,000 in default three months’ jail for having 235mg of alcohol in her urine, an excess of 128mg. She was arrested along Jalan KK-Penampang in front of Blue Seven driving a Kembara on April 18 at 1.30am.
Awang Marzuan Awang Ali, 21 received RM1,500 fine for having 161mg of alcohol along Jalan Papar-KK near to the traffic light, Putatan on March 29, this year at 3am while Albert Saimon, 25, who was stopped in front of SMK Bahang, Jalan KK-Penampang received RM1,000 fine for having 126mg of alcohol in his urine.
A private sector employee, Roslen binti Guatin, 30 who drove a Viva with 215mg of alcohol in her urine was caught in front of Mayflower Restoran along Jalan Bundusan, Penampang on May 25 at 1.15am. She was fined RM1,500 in default two months’ jail.
Chang Chen Whoo, 36 who was stopped in front of SMK Bahang along Jalan KK- Penampang on July 5 at 2.10am with an excess of 235 mg of alcohol was slapped with a RM2,000 fine.