Businessman freed by court after paying 2 Rela assault victims RM2,000 each

Businessman Liow Soon Hee paid the two Rela men RM2,000 each to settle the case. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ampang Magistrate’s Court here today acquitted and discharged a businessman on two charges of assaulting two members of the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) while carrying out their duties at a temple here two years ago.

Magistrate Mohamad Firdaus Sadina Ali made the decision after the accused, Liow Soon Hee, 31, and the two victims, Lee Weng Poh, 29, and Leong Jun Jie, 23, agreed to settle the matter.

Liow paid RM2,000 as compounded payment to each of the victims as settlement of the case.

His lawyer, Rajpal Singh, told the court that Liow regretted his actions. The trial was initially set to continue today.

Firdaus then summoned both the victims and asked them if they were compelled to accept the settlement or had done so willingly. He also explained that the case would not continue once they received the payment.

The two victims, through an interpreter, informed the court that they agreed to the payment of RM2,000 and were doing so willingly.

“As both parties have agreed to settle the case under Section 260 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the court will now allow the RM2,000 to be paid to both victims and the court will acquit and discharge the accused of the charges,” Firdaus said.

Liow then paid the two victims in cash. He also shook hands with each of them.

Earlier, before the trial, Rajpal told the court that his client wanted to settle the case by paying the victims to save the court’s time.

Nur Intan Syakieraah Zakaria, who appeared for the prosecution, did not object.

Liow had previously pleaded not guilty to two counts of causing injuries to Lee and Liong, who were on duty at the Kou Ong Yah Temple along Jalan Merdeka, Kampung Baru Ampang, here at 6.30am on Oct 27, 2017.

The charges under Section 323 of the Penal Code provide for a maximum prison sentence of one year or a fine of up to RM2,000, or both, upon conviction.