Motorcyclist in Penang hit-and-run pleads not guilty

Penang,-accident,-magistrate's-courtGEORGE TOWN: The motorcyclist who crashed into a woman at a pedestrian walkway here last week pleaded not guilty to causing her death at the Magistrate’s Court today.

Nazri Che Lah, 44, who works as a ship crew member, was charged with causing the death of Foo Swee Wah, 58, by reckless or dangerous driving under the Road Transport Act 1987.

The charge carries a jail sentence of between two and 10 years, and a fine between RM5,000 and RM20,000.

Nazri pleaded not guilty to the charge before magistrate Mohamad Amin Shahul Hamid.

Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Fatin Hussin asked for bail to be set at RM15,000 and his driving licence suspended throughout the trial.

However, Nazri, who was unrepresented, pleaded for a lower bail amount as he had a wife to support.

Magistrate Amin then set bail at RM10,000 with one surety and suspended Nazri’s licence.

Amin also fixed May 29 for case management and ordered Nazri to seek a lawyer.

On Thursday, Foo was on a signalised pedestrian crossing at Burma Road near Tan Mark Book Centre when Nazri mowed her down with his motorcycle.

She died from her injuries at the Penang Hospital at 8.45pm.

Nazri, who also sustained injuries to his face, sought treatment at the same hospital. He was placed under arrest while warded there.