Man, with the help of nine friends, tracked down and beat up Uber driver for allegedly molesting his wife.
- Driver said to have placed victim’s hands on his penis
- Punched, kicked and whacked with sticks
Updated: The 29-year-old Uber driver apparently took a selfie on the phone of the woman he allegedly molested. The woman claimed he harassed her by repeatedly calling her after the alleged incident. The Uber driver told police he was innocent and had been slandered by the woman.
An Uber driver landed in the Penang Hospital after he was beaten up by a group of 10 angry men for allegedly molesting one of the men’s wife.
A group, led by the alleged molest victim, attacked the driver at Lintang Paya Terubong yesterday.
“He sustained injuries on his head, hands and left leg from the incident,” said North-east district police chief Asst Comm Anuar Omar.
Anuar said the driver had picked up a female Vietnamese passenger at about 4pm on Tuesday.
“The suspect is believed to have unzipped his pants, bared his private parts and placed the victim’s hands on his private parts,” Anuar said.
The woman told her husband about the incident when she arrived home.
Through the Uber driver’s car licence plate recorded on the woman’s phone, her husband and nine friends went looking for the driver. They found him driving along Lintang Paya Terubong at about 4pm yesterday and stopped him.
A recording of the beating has gone viral on Facebook.
The video shows the driver being forced out of his car. The mob then punched and kicked him. They also hit him with sticks.
The driver eventually re-entered his car but the men held the car door open and took turns to pummel him. Then the men yanked him out of the car and continued bashing him until the video abruptly ended.
The driver has been remanded for four days. The police will be investigating him under Section 354 of the Penal Code for use of criminal force with intent to outrage modesty.
The woman’s husband and two of his two friends were also remanded for investigations into the case under Section 148 for rioting with weapons.
Uber has been in the news in recent weeks for the wrong reasons with a spate of crimes allegedly involving its drivers in Malaysia and other countries.
Yesterday, an Uber driver in Kajang was detained for allegedly leaving two teens at a location where they were subsequently robbed by two men on a motorcycle.
Last month, a pregnant passenger alleged she was robbed by an Uber driver and later blamed the incident as the cause of her miscarriage.