Man charged with murder over Bangi road rage incident

Yew Wei Liang being escorted into the Magistrate’s Court in Kajang today.

KUALA LUMPUR: The 41-year-old man involved in a road rage incident near Bandar Baru Bangi earlier this month which led to the death of Syed Muhammad Danial Syed Syakir was charged with murder at the Kajang Magistrate’s Court here today.

The charge against IT consultant Yew Wei Liang was made under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the death penalty. No bail was allowed.

Defence counsel S Selvam argued that his client should instead be charged under Section 41 of the Road Transport Act 1987, which deals with death during road accidents.

The defence also claimed that Yew was abused during remand and had to be taken to Kajang Hospital on Aug 13, adding that he had been forced into giving a confession.

Defence lawyer Varghese Onny also said the evidence could have been tampered with as calls were made from the phone of Yew’s wife, who was also remanded.

“The phone should be under police possession during the probe,” he said.

The court fixed Sept 27 for mention and to hear complaints by the defence lawyers.

Magistrate Nor Afidah Idris also ordered for Yew to be remanded at the Sungai Buloh prison.

In the incident on Aug 10, Syed Danial, 29, died following an altercation with the driver of another car over a minor accident just after the Sungai Besi toll plaza.

The two drivers got involved in a car chase and a scuffle ensued between them at the Bandar Baru Bangi interchange. Witnesses at the scene broke up the fight and the two drivers returned to their vehicles.

The younger man then got out of his vehicle with a baseball bat and smashed the other car’s bonnet. The older driver was believed to have suddenly lurched his vehicle forward, hitting the victim.

Syed Danial was pinned between the car and the road divider. He was rushed to the Nilai Medical Centre but died while receiving treatment.