Taxi driver held for hurling bricks

KUALA LUMPUR: POLICE have detained a 43-year-old taxi driver who had allegedly been throwing bricks at motorists near Taman Connaught since early this month -- all because he was stressed out.

Cheras police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohan Singh said the man was arrested on Monday based on a tip-off.

"Police managed to track him down near the Taman Connaught area after several days of surveillance and with the help of information provided by the public," he said at Cheras police headquarters here yesterday.

Mohan said at least three cases were reported this month about bricks being thrown along the East-West Link Highway near Taman Connaught in Cheras.

"A task force was set up immediately after the first case was reported earlier this month.

"We treated this matter seriously, as the bricks could have endangered the lives of motorists driving under the bridge."

Mohan said the man had admitted that stress was the main reason he committed the offence.

"He claimed the brick-throwing was a form of stress relief for him, and we also have reason to believe that the suspect was also involved in at least two other similar cases in Cheras ."

He said the latest incident was reported on Friday, when a brick was thrown from the bridge around noon, hitting a car.

The driver of the car sustained minor injuries when the windscreen of her car shattered.

The taxi driver has been remanded and the case is being investigated for criminal intimidation and committing vandalism.

Meanwhile, two men who allegedly spied on MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong using a hexacopter surrendered to police on Monday.

Mohan said the men, aged 39 and 47, had turned themselves in at the district police headquarters about 3pm.

"One of the suspects admitted to owning the hexacopter and claimed that they were testing it in order to take pictures of the surrounding area."

He said police recorded statements from both men, adding that the investigation papers have been submitted to the deputy public prosecutor's office for further action.

"No motive has been established yet to indicate that they were spying on Wee," he said, adding that the duo were not members of any political party.

Mohan said the case was being investigated for trespassing and breach of public peace. ~NST


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