I missed my son, says man who escaped from SGH’s Covid-19 isolation ward hit with RM5k fine

File photo depicting the Kuching Court Complex.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, 29 April: The Magistrate’s Court here has sentenced a Covid-19 patient to a fine of RM5,000 for absconding from the quarantine ward while he was undergoing Covid-19 treatment at the Sarawak General Hospital.

Mohd Azrul Azmi Rahduan, 22, pleaded guilty to the charge framed under Section 269 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum imprisonment term of six months or a fine or both, upon conviction.

Magistrate Zaiton Anuar accepted his guilty plea and sentenced him to a fine of RM 5,000 or in default six months imprisonment.

He was found to have absconded from the hospital’s quarantine ward, knowing he was likely to spread Covid-19 to others while he was undergoing treatment at the isolation ward at about 1.30pm on March 13.

Police investigation revealed that the accused escaped through the window in the toilet of the isolation ward.

The accused stated that the reason behind his attempt to escape was that he missed his son. — DayakDaily