PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – The Court of Appeal here yesterday overturned the acquittal of a car salesman and ordered him to enter his defence on a charge of murdering a female marketing executive in 2006.
A three-member panel chaired by Justice Datuk Linton Albert unanimously allowed the prosecution’s appeal to order Shahril Jaafar, 34, to enter his defence after ruling that the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against him.
Albert, who presided on the panel with justices Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Baki and Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli, also ordered Shahril to be remanded, pending hearing of his defence at the High Court in Alor Setar, Kedah.
He will be remanded at the Alor Setar prison.
Albert also set Oct 19 for mention of the case at the High Court, adding that the court wanted the trial to proceed as soon as possible.
The prosecution appealed against the decision of the High Court on June 25, last year, to acquit and discharge Shahril on the murder charge, without calling for his defence.
Shahril was charged with the murder of Chee Gaip Yap, 25, in the compound of Kelab Cinta Sayang, Sungai Petani between 5.30pm on Jan 14, 2006 and 3.05am, the following day.
Chee had gone jogging with her younger sister in the Kelab Cinta Sayang premises when she was abducted.
Nine hours later, her semi-nude body was found in a bush near the jogging track on Jan 15, 2006.