Navy guards charged with mur­der

Three also ac­cused of as­sault, more per­son­nel ex­pected to be hauled up soon

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - BY CHAN LI LEEN lileen@thes­

MANJUNG: Three Royal Malaysian Navy de­ten­tion unit guards were charged with the mur­ders and as­sault of two other sea­men and more are ex­pected to be hauled up next week.

At least seven peo­ple have been re­manded over the case so far.

Amid heavy po­lice pres­ence, fam­ily mem­bers of the ac­cused and vic­tims packed the mag­is­trate’s court­room, anx­ious to find out what would be­come of the ac­cused.

The mood was tense al­though fam­ily mem­bers made no at­tempt to pro­voke each other.

At about 11am, first ac­cused Mohd Izhri­fikri Roslee was brought in hand­cuffs to the dock through a stair­case from within the court­room and was read two charges – one each for the mur­ders of Nik Muham­mad Bai­haqy Nik Mat, 28, and Muham­mad Lailal­tu­iman Mohd Sukri, 26.

Mohd Izhri­fikri, 29, is be­lieved to have caused their deaths at the Sun­gai Wangi Navy Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Cen­tre train­ing field in Si­ti­awan near here be­tween 10.30am and 3.20pm on Sept 29. No plea was recorded. Lawyer Zalil Mohd Mess, who held a watch­ing brief for Muham­mad Lailal­tu­iman’s fam­ily, told the court that a rep­re­sen­ta­tion has been made with the At­tor­ney­Gen­eral’s Cham­bers to have the case heard in mil­i­tary court.

“This is be­cause the civil court process will take years to com­plete com­pared to the mil­i­tary court process, which takes sig­nif­i­cantly less time,” he said.

In the same court­room, Hamzah Zakaria @Ali and Mohd Farid Musa were charged with vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt to the de­ceased.

Hamzah, 35, claimed trial to sep­a­rate charges of as­sault­ing the two de­ceased at the walk­way in front of a de­ten­tion room at about 10.30am on Sept 29.

Mohd Farid, 32, claimed trial to as­sault­ing Nik Muham­mad Bai­haqy at the guard post of the de­ten­tion cen­tre at about 12.30am on Sept 28.

Both Hamzah and Mohd Farid asked for a low bail as they were sole bread­win­ners of their fam­i­lies, with wives and chil­dren to feed.

Mag­is­trate Nur Shaqira Ibrahim set bail at RM4,000 in one surety for each charge brought against Hamzah and Mohd Farid and set Oct 30 for men­tion.

She set Dec 12 for men­tion of the mur­der case.

All three ac­cused, who were un­rep­re­sented, hold the rank of Lead­ing Rate.

No plain sail­ing: Mohd Izhri­fikri, Hamzah and Mohd Farid be­ing led away at the mag­is­trate’s court in Manjung.

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