For­mer lawyer and two farmhands lose fi­nal ap­peal

New Straits Times - - News -

PU­TRA­JAYA: Al­most seven years af­ter the mur­der of cos­met­ics mil­lion­aire Datuk Sosi­lawati Lawiya and her three aides, for­mer lawyer N. Path­man­a­ban and two of his farmhands yesterday lost their fi­nal le­gal bid at the Fed­eral Court to set aside their con­vic­tion and death sen­tence for the mur­ders.

How­ever, the apex court ac­quit­ted ac­cused R. Matan.

In dis­miss­ing the trio’s ap­peal, the five­mem­ber bench, com­pris­ing Chief Jus­tice Tun Arifin Zakaria, Chief Jus­tice of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malan­jum, Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar, Tan Sri Aza­har Mo­hamed and Tan Sri Za­harah Ibrahim, said their con­vic­tion and sen­tence were safe.

Arifin said the de­fence had failed to raise a rea­son­able doubt in the pros­e­cu­tion’s case against the three ac­cused.

“There is over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence that links the three men to the mur­ders as they had as­sisted the po­lice in the dis­cov­ery of ev­i­dence,” he said.

In al­low­ing Matan’s ap­peal, Arifin said though he was at the farm a day be­fore the mur­ders to ar­range logs, he was not in­volved in the mur­ders and did not lead nor as­sist po­lice in the dis­cov­ery of the vic­tims’ per­sonal items or ev­i­dence.

Path­man­a­ban, 47, T. Thi­laiyala­gan, 25, R. Kathavarayan, 37, and Matan, 26, had ap­pealed against their con­vic­tion and death sen­tence for the mur­ders of Sosi­lawati, 47, bank of­fi­cer Noorhisham Mo­hamad, 38, lawyer Ah­mad Kamil Ab­dul Karim, 32, and Sosi­lawati’s driver Ka­marud­din Sham­sud­din, 44.

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