GOVERNMENT TO PAY RM350,000 IN DAMAGES TO LORRY DRIVER

12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 (Bernama) -- The High Court today ordered the government and police to pay more than RM350,000 to a lorry driver who was hurt during interrogation by the police, about five years ago.

In allowing B. Prabakar's suit, High Court judge Datuk John Louis O'Hara held that the plaintiff had established his case against the government and eight policemen.

In his ruling, O'Hara said seven of the policemen were liable to the suffering and pain of the plaintiff; the other, ACP Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid, who was Brickfields police chief at that time, was responsible for misfeasance of public office, while the Government was liable for vicarious liability.

"I find from the evidence, liability was proved on seven defendants, and the grievous nature and the pain and suffering he (plaintiff) had endured during the interrogation...," he said, adding that therefore, the defendants had to pay damages to the plaintiff.

O'Hara awarded Prabakar, 32, RM150,000 for exemplary and punitive damages, RM100,000 for aggravated damages and RM50,000 for general damages.

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