Professional Liability

Katamaran: Skipper, Operation Manager get Two Years' Jail for Negligence

Date: 01 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

KOTA KINABALU, March 1 (Bernama) - The skipper and the operation manager of the company offering the service of the catamaran that capsized near Pulau Mengalum while transporting tourists from China in 2017, were sentenced to two years’ jail each by the Sessions Court here today.

Judge Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim handed down the sentence to Sharezza Salian, 27, and Leong Vin Jee, 46, after both of them were found guilty to multiple charges of negligence in handling the boat while having 28 Chinese tourists and three crew onboard, hence causing injuries to the passengers, at between 10 am and 11 am on Jan 28.

The judge ordered them to serve the jail sentence concurrently from today.

Both of them were also charged with causing the death of four Chinese tourists during the incident.

Another accused, Chung Ket Siew, 66, who is the owner of the company, however, was released on a two-year good behaviour bond.

She was charged with negligence in allowing Sharezza to set sail from Kampung Tanjung Aru jetty at 9.15am on the same day. The judge made the decision after taking into consideration Chung’s age and the fact that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The three accused were also ordered to pay RM3,000 as costs of the case in default 60 days’ jail.

Deputy public prosecutor Nartiah F Mirchelle Sambatan prosecuted, while Sharezza was represented by counsels Hamid Ismail, Michelle Russana Usman and Benazir Japiril Bandaran.

Leong and Chung were represented by lawyers Edward Paul and Elffie Johnny.

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