Man fined for threatening to set petrol station on fire

AngryPETALING JAYA: A bank officer was fined RM4,500 in default of four months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court here today for threatening to set fire to a petrol station.

Magistrate Salamiah Salleh meted out the fine to S Shashitaran, 29, who pleaded guilty to committing the offence at a Shell petrol station along the Damansara Puchong Expressway near here at 12.30pm on Sept 17.

Shashitaran was alleged to have threatened pump attendant Muhammad Daniel Roslan, 20, by saying that he would set fire to the station.

The charge, under Section 506 of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment of up to two years or fine, or both, upon conviction.

According to the facts of the case, Shashitaran was drunk when he went to the petrol station to refill his petrol tank for RM20.

After filling the tank for the said amount, Muhammad Daniel asked for the payment, but Shashitran refused to pay and pushed Muhammad Daniel while threatening to set fire to the station with a lighter he was holding.

In mitigation, lawyer Zawahrul Haq, representing Shashitaran, said his client, who is the eldest of four siblings, was remorseful and had promised not to repeat the mistake.

He also appealed for a fine for fear that an imprisonment could affect his career.

Deputy public prosecutor Mary Phoon Keat prosecuted.