Death sen­tence up­held

> Court dis­misses ap­peal of busi­ness­man con­victed for killing jog­ger

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Ap­peal yes­ter­day up­held the con­vic­tion and death sen­tence on a busi­ness­man for the mur­der of a fe­male mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive 10 years ago.

A three-man bench chaired by Jus­tice Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh, in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, dis­missed Shahril Jaafar’s ap­peal.

The 35-year-old was ap­peal­ing against the de­ci­sion of the Alor Star High Court on Aug 9, last year, in find­ing him guilty for mur­der­ing Chee Gaik Yap, 25, and on the death sen­tence im­posed on him for the of­fence.

In his de­ci­sion, Mohd Zawawi said the find­ing of the High Court was sup­ported by ev­i­dence, adding that the trial judge did not com­mit any ap­peal­able er­ror that war­ranted the Court of Ap­peal’s in­ter­ven­tion.

The other two judges pre­sid­ing on the bench were Jus­tices Datuk Ah­madi As­nawi and Datuk Ka­mardin Hashim.

Shahril was ac­cused of com­mit­ting the of­fence near Cinta Sayang Club in Ta­man Ria Jaya, Sun­gai Pe­tani, be­tween 5.30pm on Jan 14 and 3.05am on Jan 15, 2006.

He was ini­tially ac­quit­ted by the Alor Star High Court on June 25, 2013 at the end of the pros­e­cu­tion’s case with­out be­ing called to en­ter his de­fence.

How­ever, on ap­peal by the pros­e­cu­tion, the Court of Ap­peal over­turned the ac­quit­tal and or­dered Shahril to en­ter his de­fence.

Chee had gone jog­ging with her younger sis­ter at Ke­lab Cinta Sayang when she was ab­ducted.

Her seminude body was found nine hours later in a bush near the jog­ging track.

Ear­lier, Shahril’s coun­sel Sham­sul Su­laiman sub­mit­ted that his client was not the one that caused Chee’s death, although he had ad­mit­ted that he had met the girl on the evening of the in­ci­dent but the girl was still alive when she left him.

DPP Ham­dan Hamzah ar­gued that Shahril’s de­fence, with an unsworn state­ment given from the ac­cused dock, was an af­ter­thought to es­cape be­ing con­victed for the mur­der. – Ber­nama



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