JOHOR BARU: An unemployed man, who previously owned up to threatening to kill his neighbour, was fined RM2,000 for igniting firecrackers at his neighbour’s house with the intention to burn it down.
High Court judge Kamardi Hashim ordered Liow Joo Swee, 41, to pay the fine for trying to set off 20 firecrackers in front of Pua Keng Siang’s house in Skudai between 2am and 3am on Feb 8, 2006.
Pua’s family was startled when they heard loud firecracker noises coming from outside their house.
They then found a box of firecrackers, tissues and a box of matches outside their house, which was later traced to Liow.
Justice Kamardi Hashim, in making the decision, overturned the acquittal granted to Liow by a magistrate’s court on Oct 25 last year.
At the lower court, Liow was charged under Section 7A of the Explosives Act, which carries a maximum jail term of two years and a fine not exceeding RM2,000.
The prosecution had appealed against the acquittal.
Liow had also previously admitted that he had threatened to kill Pua on two occasions and was fined RM2,000. - theStarOnline