Bodyguard pleads not guilty

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GE­ORGE TOWN: The 38-year-old bodyguard who went on a shoot­ing ram­page at Le­buhraya Dr Lim Choong Eu here in De­cem­ber last year pleaded not guilty at the Ses­sions Court here yes­ter­day to five counts of at­tempted mur­der.

Ja’afar Halid was charged with shoot­ing K. Ari­vani, 33, in the head; Nu­rul Huda Ab Aziz, 38, in the shoul­der; Lee Hong Boon, 56, in the chest, Mo­hamad Amirul Amin Mo­hamed Amer, 28, in the chest, and Puah Bee Joo, 32, in the shoul­der with a Glock 19 hand­gun.

He was al­leged to have com­mit­ted the of­fences at Le­buhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu near the Pe­nang Bridge exit be­tween 7.15am and 7.30am on Dec 1 last year.

Ja’afar was charged at the Ses­sions Court on Dec 14 last year un­der Sec­tion 307 of the Pe­nal Code. The of­fence car­ries a max­i­mum 20 years’ jail if con­victed.

The then Ses­sions judge Ir­wan Suain­bon sent Ja’afar for psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion at Hos­pi­tal Ba­ha­gia Ulu Kinta in Perak for one month.

Af­ter record­ing Ja’afar’s plea yes­ter­day, Judge Roslan Hamid set April 24 for men­tion and for the ac­cused to ap­point a lawyer.

Deputy public pros­e­cu­tors Nu­rul Huda Idris and Lim Saw Sim ap­peared for the pros­e­cu­tion.

Ja’afar was then taken to two mag­is­trate’s courts where he had ear­lier been charged with three counts of mur­der and one count of caus­ing hurt.

In the first court, he ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Mo­hamad Amin Shahul Hamid for the mur­der of Ong Teik Kwong, 32, Choi Hon Ming, 32, and Senthil Mu­ru­giah, 38, at the same place and time.

Ja’afar had al­legedly shot Ong at the back of the head, Choi at the left chest and right thigh, and Senthil at the left chest, with a Glock 19.

Amin set April 24 for men­tion. No plea was recorded. Deputy public pros­e­cu­tor Nu­rul Fatin Hussin pros­e­cuted.

In the sec­ond court, Ja’afar ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Shar­i­fah Izura Syed Mashor for al­legedly in­jur­ing Lim Boon Leng, 32, by hit­ting him on the head with a Glock 19 at the same place and time. He pleaded not guilty.

Shar­i­fah Izura also set April 24 for men­tion. Deputy public pros­e­cu­tor Noor Azura Zulk­i­flee ap­peared for pros­e­cu­tion.

PIC BY RAMDZAN MASIAM

Ja’afar Halid at the Ses­sions Court in Ge­orge Town yes­ter­day.

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