KUALA LUMPUR: A renovation worker was jailed three years and fined RM15,000 by a magistrate's court for dangerous driving and causing the death of a motorcyclist.
Tan Hai Chun, 27, appeared taken aback when he heard his sentencing on Wednesday.
Magistrate Parvin Hameedah Natchiar also suspended his driving license for four years from Wednesday.
The magistrate sentenced him after hearing his sworn evidence.
Tan was found guilty of driving his car in a dangerous manner and causing the death of motorcyclist Haizeel Izman Masrur, 25, at Jalan Loke Yew here on Oct 28, 2003.
He had, on May 18, 2005, claimed trial to the charge punishable under the Road Transport Act 1987 (amended 1999).
Prosecuting officer Chief Insp Abdullah said had applied for the court to impose an appropriate sentence against Tan.
Pleading for leniency, his lawyer Ali Munawar said that his client was only 19 years old when he committed the offence and was a first-time offender.
Ali said that Tan did not have driving experience due to his young age and had resulted in an accident occurred that day.
In elaborating, Ali said Tan had only recently obtained his driving licence.
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