Over mere RM100: 20yo threatens to burn down house if father refuses demand

The court complex in Kuching.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Aug 9: A former student of Henry Gurney School pleaded guilty to charges of committing criminal threats and attempting to burn down his father’s house over a sum of RM100 in the Magistrate’s Court here.

The 20-year-old offender made the admission shortly after a charge was read under Section 506 of the Penal Code before Magistrate Mason Jaro Lenya Barayan.

If found guilty, he could face imprisonment of up to seven years, or a fine, or both.

However, Mason Jaro allowed the accused to be released on cash bail of RM2,000 with a local surety while awaiting a social report on September 18.

According to the charge sheet, the student intentionally conveyed criminal threats through a phone call to his 54-year-old father, stating his intention to burn down their house at Jalan Lapangan Terbang, at about 9am on Aug 7, if the latter refused to give him RM100.

The complainant then hurried home to find that petrol had been poured in the living room, presumably done by the accused.

Concerned for the safety of his family, the complainant proceeded to make a police report for further action, leading to the arrest of the accused on the same day.

Prosecuting Officer Inspector Merylene Lindan Andrew Mang prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented by counsel. — DayakDaily