Death sentence upheld
> Court dismisses appeal of businessman convicted for killing jogger
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