Tuesday, July 7

AGC rejects withdrawal of charge on death of housewife


KUCHING: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) rejected the withdrawal of a charge concerning the death of a 36-year-old Indonesian housewife last year.

Following the decision, High Court Judge Dato Lee Heng Cheong set July 18 to monitor the status and agreed facts of the case.

Around early February last year, the woman’s husband, Jong Siew Phin, 37, was arrested to assist in the investigation.

He was later charged with killing his own wife on February 9, 2018 at a house in Kampung Bedup Longgok, Serian, between 7am and 1pm.

He was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

According to the facts of the case, after bringing their eight-year-old daughter home from school, Jong found his wife Natalia Baoon lying in a pool of blood in the living room of the house.

The farmer then lodged a report at Serian Police Station on the discovery of his wife’s body and was subsequently arrested. Deputy public prosecutor Musli Abdul Hamid prosecuted while the accused was represented by lawyer Muhammad Fairuz Masri.