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Dog owner fined RM2,000 for negligence in death of elderly man
PETALING JAYA: An accountant was fined RM2,000 by the Magistrate's Court here today for negligence which led to a dog owned by her causing the death of an elderly man.
Majistrate Nazri Omran handed down the sentence to Elaine Soon Sien Ling, 28, after she pleaded guilty to leaving her Pitbull dog unsupervised which led to the dog mauling Yip Sun Wah, 74, to death.
Soon, who was not represented, committed the offence at No 59 Jalan SS 19/5B Subang Jaya, Subang, Selangor, at 9.40am on May 8.
She was charged under Section 289 of the Penal Code which provides for jail up to six months or maximum fine of RM2,000 or both, if convicted.
In mitigation, Soon said she had met the bereaved's family to seek forgiveness.
She said she regretted what happened and admitted that prior to the dog going beserk, it had been well behaved and was kept in its kennel with the main gate of her house locked.
Soon explained that she kept the dog because her mother was left at home alone when she went to work and that her house had been burgled before.
Nazri in his judgment said the sentence had taken into consideration all factors including the victim's family forgiving her and retracting their police report on the incident.
Deputy public prosecutor Siti Fatimah Yahya told the court that this was the first time the accused's dog had behaved violently but urged the court to impose a sentence commensurate to the offence.
The incident received wide media coverage and Soon was also fined RM1,000 by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council for the negligence. -- BERNAMA