A SENIOR citizen who was involved in a tussle with Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) officers during a stray dog round-up has been charged with obstructing government officials from carrying out their duties.
Patrick Khoo, 69, appeared composed at the dock when the charge under Section 186 of the Penal Code was read out to him before Magistrate Shahril Anuar Ahmad Mustapa at the magistrate’s court today.
He pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to him before magistrate Shahril Anuar Ahmad Mustapa.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment, a maximum fine of RM10,000, or both.
According to the charge sheet, Khoo committed the offence on March 22 at about 9pm at 7, Jalan 18/17, Taman Kanagapuram in Petaling Jaya.
In a series of video clips that was first posted on Facebook and has now been circulated on WhatsApp, a resident of the area shared a troubling account of the incident along with videos and pictures.
According to the resident, six to seven MBPJ officers were “assaulting an old man”, with an officer “threatening and using an iron rod to hit the old man when he tried to block them from capturing and injuring his dogs”.
The elderly man said the officers did not explain their intention and failed to present any official identification prior to their physical attacks on him, causing him to suffer a swollen jaw and cuts on his wrist, clarified the resident.
Magistrate Shahril Anuar ordered bail of RM2,000 with one surety.
The case has been fixed for further mention on June 16. – March 31, 2023
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