A car salesman claimed trial over three charges of dangerous driving which resulted in the demise of three individuals last month.
The accused, AR Sathiya Ganes, 38, also pleaded not guilty of another drug-related charge in front of Magistrate Nurul Izalina Rajaai at the Seri Manjung Sessions Court today (September 6).
According to facts of the cases, he was allegedly driving dangerously which caused the deaths of Mohd Suhail Zainal, 22, Hasrandy Bahrum, 27 and Nurhisham Hassan, 29, during an incident that took place at KM4 of Jalan Kampung Acheh in Sitiawan at 5.30pm on August 21 last month.
For the three charges, the accused will be subject to punishment under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, which carries a fine of up to RM50,000 and imprisonment of up to 10 years, if convicted.
He will also be disqualified from owning or obtaining a driving license for at least five years from the date of conviction.
Meanwhile, the accused was charged with allegedly inserting methamphetamine drugs into his body while detained by the Narcotics Crime Investigation Unit of Manjung District Police Headquarters (IPD) at 4pm on August 23, also last month.
For this offence, he was charged under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries punishment entailing a fine of up to RM5,000 or imprisonment of up to two years, if convicted.
The court set bail at RM12,500 with one surety, besides ordering the accused to report himself at the nearest police station twice a week.
The case was fixed for re-mention on October 1 this year for handing over of chemical reports and documents.
Proceedings were conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Khazrin Haffiz Khalil, while the accused was represented by S. Dharmanathan.