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Ex-policeman, among two escaped death sentence for murder

Last Update: 12/11/2018

SHAH ALAM,  Nov  12  (Bernama) – Two men, including a former police lance corporal, escaped the death sentence when the High Court here today acquitted and discharged them on a murder charge without calling for their defence.

Judge Datuk Azmi Ariffin  ordered the release of Kamarul Zaimi Kamaruddin, 38, who is unemployed, and the former policeman, Mohamad Akir Abdul Aziz, 29, after finding that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against them.

In his brief judgment, Azmi said after studying the notes of proceeding and testimony of all witnesses, the court found there was no circumstantial evidence to show the two accused had committed the murder.

“The prosecution failed to establish a prima facie against the two accused. Hence, the court has no choice except to acquit and discharge them of the charge without calling fir their defence,” he added.

Kamarul Zaimi and Mohamad Akir were charged with four others still at large with murdering a man, by the name of Imra Nazli Rusdi, 28, at a chicken coop near a playground at Pinggiran Sungai Long, Persiaran Sungai Long 1, Kajang near here, at 10.09 an on April 4, 2015.

The two men, who were arrested in 2015, were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which provides the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

The post mortem result on the victim found that he died due to blunt force trauma on the head.

Deputy public prosecutor Wah Shahida Wan Omar prosecuted, while lawyers Rodzim Zaimy Abdul Hamid and Diar Isda Yazmin represented Kamarul Zaimi and Mohamad Akir, respectively.




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