DAD, GIRL­FRIEND TO HANG FOR SON’S DEATH

Both sobbed upon hear­ing the sen­tence

New Straits Times - - News - HALIM SAID JO­HOR BARU news@nst.com.my

THE death of a 3-yearold boy at the hands of his fa­ther and the man’s girl­friend three years ago saw clo­sure when the High Court yes­ter­day sen­tenced them to death.

For­mer com­pany man­ager Mohd Im­ran Mohd Ramly, 34, and his girl­friend, Norhi­dayah Mamid, 30, were found guilty of mur­der­ing Muham­mad Aqeef Adam.

The tod­dler died due to phys­i­cal abuse when he was un­der the care of his fa­ther, Im­ran, who is di­vorced and had shared cus­tody of the tod­dler.

Ju­di­cial com­mis­sioner Collin Lawrence Se­querah said the de­fence had failed to raise a rea­son­able doubt against the duo’s abu­sive acts that led to the tod­dler’s death.

“Both of them had a com­mon in­ten­tion to in­flict in­juries on the vic­tim. Based on tes­ti­monies and cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence, I find both ac­cused guilty of the of­fence and sen­tence them to death by hang­ing.”

Im­ran and Norhi­dayah were charged with mur­der­ing Aqeef at an apart­ment unit in Ban­dar Pu­tra, Ku­lai, be­tween mid­night on Dec 16, 2013 and 6.45pm on Dec 19 the same year.

They were charged at the mag­is­trate’s court in Ku­lai in Jan­uary 2014.

The trial be­gan at the High Court in Jan­uary last year.

A to­tal of 13 pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses were called, while the de­fence called four wit­nesses, in­clud­ing the ac­cused. Based on a pathol­ogy re­port sub­mit­ted to the court, Aqeef suf­fered blunt force trauma in­juries to the head.

The abuse might have been in­flicted over a pe­riod of three months.

Both the ac­cused sobbed upon hear­ing the sen­tence.

Im­ran was seen shak­ing the hand of a man, who was in the pub­lic gallery, be­fore he was es­corted out of the court­room.

Mohd Im­ran Mohd Ramly and Norhi­dayah Mamid

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