KUALA LUMPUR: Three men who were at Low Yat Plaza when a brawl erupted following an alleged shoplifting incident, were fined RM1,800 each for causing hurt to Shahrul Anuar Abdul Aziz.
Magistrate Muhamad Faizal Ismail also jailed Low Leong Seng, 29, Eric Chan Weng, 23, and Soo Weng Hing, 26, who were jointly charged, for two months should they failed to pay the fine.
Magistrate Muhamad Faizal sentenced them after they admitted to the charge.
On July 14, Shahrul claimed trial to stealing a Lenovo S860 smartphone, valued at RM800, from a shop at the plaza on July 11.
It was reported that the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said two people were arrested at Low Yat Plaza for theft on July 11 but one was later released by an investigating officer.
Khalid said they had stolen a phone from a kiosk and, after hearing cries for help, staff from another shop stepped in to catch the thieves.
Following that incident, the released accomplice reportedly returned to the plaza with a group of seven men and attacked those who had helped nab him and the alleged thief.
Later that evening, more than 100 people gathered at the mall, eventually leading to a riot that saw five people, including three journalists, injured.