24 year old Muhammad Syukri Muhammad Iskandar was convicted today (4 Feb) on two counts of rioting with a deadly weapon, a count of being a member of a gang and a count of breaking pandemic rules on gatherings in a social setting.
He pleaded guilty to all four of the charges and there are another five more that will be taken into consideration.
Syukri had gathered four other men on 10 May 2020, 3:30am at People’s Park Complex as he wanted to fight with another gang.
He did so to confront the rival gang because they were accused by them of holding one of the co-accused, 29 year old Muhammad Roslan Mohamed Rumli’s girlfriend against her will.
The group accompanied Roslan to find his girlfriend at one of the units in People’s Park Complex, and were prepared to fight if the situation calls for it.
A fight between the two gangs eventually broke out, with those in Roslan’s gang wielding knives and Syukri using a helmet in the fight at a certain part of it.
A video had emerged online of the fight previously and the footage seem to come from a CCTV in the area where it happened.
Events in court
Documents stated that Syukri, Roslan and two others Noor Najat Alwi, and Muhammad Farid Surian, both 20 years old had gathered at Roslan’s place before and after the fight broke out which broke the pandemic rules during the Circuit Breaker period.
All four of them were also members from the same gang.
A jail term of 32 months and five weeks, and five strokes of the cane was asked for by the prosecutor who said that the fight was pre-planned.
Casualties from the fight also suffered severe injuries with one man lying in his own pool of blood.
Syukri and some of the accused also tried to hide from the Police which caused a manhunt before they were finally arrested on 18 May 2020.
Syukri had no defense lawyer in court and spoke via a translator to express his regret and apologised for his doings.
He asked for an eight weeks deferment for whatever the sentencing will be as he has to see to his two children’s schooling arrangements.
He will need to be back in court on 29 March for sentencing and in total, 12 of those involved in the fight have already been charged other than Roslan whose case is still pending.
Image source: Screengrab from CCTV footage