Saturday, August 20

Bill Kayong case: Court of Appeal upholds Fitri’s death sentence

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KUCHING: The Court of Appeal here has maintained the murder conviction and death penalty imposed on Mohamad Fitri Pauzi, 33, for shooting social activist Bill Kayong to death.

When upholding the High Court decision yesterday evening, the Court of Appeal panel of three judges chaired by Dato Mary Lim Thiam Suan unanimously held that the the conviction was safe.

The appellate court however has yet to release the full grounds of their decision in written form.

It took the panel of judges, Lim, Nantha Balan and Datuk Supang Lian about two and half hours to arrive at the decision at 5.55pm.

On Aug 10 2018,  Miri High Court Judge Ravintharan N. Paramaguru found Fitri guilty as charged.

Fitri was convicted for murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code that carries the death penalty by hanging.

He shot and murdered Bill at the traffic light intersection near Emart Commercial Centre, Kuala Baram Bypass in Miri at 8.20am on June 21 2016.

During the trial hearing, Fitri failed to cast doubt of the prosecution’s case.

His DNA traces were also found on the face mask and gun sheath adduced as exhibits or evidences.

For the record, on June 6 2017 Ravintharan also ordered three other men including one with the title “Datuk” to be discharged and acquitted from the charge of being accomplices in hiring Fitri and another man, who is still on the run, to murder Bill Kayong.

For the appeal at the Court of Appeal, Fitri was represented by Counsel Ranbir Singh.