MUR­DER AC­CUSED CRIES UPON SEE­ING CHILD OUT­SIDE COURT

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KOTA KINABALU: A pub bouncer charged with mur­der­ing a col­lege stu­dent teared up when he was met by a child out­side the mag­is­trate’s court here yes­ter­day.

The ac­cused, Mohd Azmin Lidin, 28, was seen talk­ing to two women, be­lieved to be his wife and a rel­a­tive, in­side the court­room be­fore his hear­ing be­gan for the mur­der of Yaa­cob Nas­ran, 18, on Dec 15, last year.

A boy, who ap­peared to be 4 and be­lieved to be Azmin’s child, was with them.

He was seen look­ing at the ac­cused, who was seated on the lower level of the court­room, from a bar­rier that sep­a­rated the pub­lic gallery and bar.

How­ever, an of­fi­cer told the fam­ily that chil­dren were not al­lowed in the court­room.

The two women and the boy then left be­fore Azmin faced Mag­is­trate Cindy McJuce Bal­i­tus for a re-men­tion of the case.

Prose­cut­ing of­fi­cer In­spec­tor James Paran re­quested for an­other men­tion date, pend­ing a chemist re­port.

Bal­i­tus then fixed April 11 for next men­tion.

Azmin’s lawyer, Datuk Seri K. Rakhbir Singh, was ab­sent while the vic­tim’s fa­ther, Nas­ran Harun@Nigel, and brother were seen at the gallery.

The ac­cused ap­peared calm as he looked at the pub­lic gallery. How­ever, he teared up when he saw the boy out­side the court­room while be­ing es­corted out.

The hand­cuffed Azmin was seen wip­ing his tears with a hand­ker­chief and hug­ging the child.

The two women de­clined to speak to re­porters when ap­proached.

When con­tacted, Nas­ran ques­tioned why the chemist re­port was not yet ready, adding that his fam­ily wanted to see jus­tice be­ing served.

“It has been three months since the in­ci­dent and we are still cop­ing.

“We lost our son. He was a beau­ti­ful and bril­liant child. We just want to see jus­tice done.”

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