Thursday, September 19

Man to hang for 2017 murder

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Hii is escorted from the Sibu High Court after he was convicted of murder.

SIBU: The High Court here yesterday sentenced a 35-year-old man to death after finding him guilty of committing murder.

Judge Supang Lian passed the sentence on Hii Siew Chung under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Hii was found guilty of murdering Tiong Kah Hock, 30, between 3am and 7am at Jalan Ting Sing in Sungai Bidut here, on Jan 23, 2017.

In passing the sentence, Judge Supang said the prosecution had proven the case beyond reasonable doubt after having considered the evidence adduced by the defence.

“I find the accused guilty of the offence of murder, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, of Tiong Kah Hock, committed on Jan 23, 2017.

“I sentence the accused to death, the only punishment prescribed by law and direct that he be hanged by the neck till he is dead,” she said.

The prosecution had called 24 witnesses to testify.

Earlier, Hii chose to give sworn evidence when his defence was called, and had also called on two witnesses to testify on his behalf.