Wednesday, September 28

Fisherman charged with killing ex-wife

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KOTA KINABALU: A fisherman was charged at the Magistrate’s Court here yesterday with killing his ex-wife.

Melo Guli, 37, who was brought before magistrate Lovely Natasha Charles, was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

The indictment provides for the mandatory death sentence, upon conviction.

No plea was recorded from the unrepresented accused.

Melo had allegedly murdered the 37-year-old vegetables seller at a room on the second floor of a building at Segama shopping complex here at 2.30pm on February 11.

The court set March 23 to re-mention the case and the accused will be further detained in custody, pending disposal of the case.

Meanwhile, in the same court, a man claimed trial to fraudulently possessing a motorcycle.

Rostam Dalungan, 48, who was brought before the magistrate, was accused of possessing the vehicle in front of a bank branch in Manggatal at 12.30pm on February 18 but failed to explain from where he obtained the property.

The accused was charged under Section 22A of the Minor Offences Ordinance which is punishable by a fine of up to RM100 or a jail term of up to three months or both, upon conviction.

The court fixed March 16 to re-mention the case and the accused was released on a bail of RM1,000 undeposited with one local surety.

The prosecution offered the accused to be released on a bail of RM3,000 with two local sureties.

However, the unrepresented accused told the court that he couldn’t afford any bail because he also needs to pay his RM1,500 bail for a charge of consuming syabu at another Magistrate’s Court here.