Thursday, July 18

Murder of businesswoman: Fisherman ordered to enter defence

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KUANTAN: The High Court here yesterday ordered a fisherman to enter his defence for the murder of a businesswoman about four years ago.Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mariana Yahya made the decision after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in proving a prima facie case against Sulaiman Hamat, 39.

Mariana fixed tomorrow until Friday for Sulaiman to file in his statement of defence.

Sulaiman was charged with the murder of Wong Geet Yin, 50, at 9 am on May 22, 2006 until 7 pm, on May 29, 2006 in a bush at Kampung Anak Air, Peramu, here.

The accused, from Tanah Putih, here had earlier abducted Wong and demanded a ransom of RM10,000 from the victim’s husband.

The accused, however, did not release the victim although the ransom had been paid, and he had acted alone when he killed the victim using a piece of wood.

Sulaiman was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code which provided for the death sentence upon conviction.

The accused was defended by counsel Che Ariffin Mohd Ali while Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Fadzli Mahmud appeared for the prosecution.

Mariana later fixed hearing to be continued today until Friday. — Bernama