| Fadley Faisal |
THE High Court convicted a Ma-laysian man after he pleaded guilty to culpable homicide not amounting to murder which led to the death of his Indonesian colleague whose body was found at the work quarters above a hardware store in Menglait where they worked.
Justices Dato Paduka Steven Chong and Dato Paduka Hj Hairol Arni Hj Abdul Majid passed a sen-tence of 30 years’ imprisonment to Ismail Basri after giving much con-sideration to the facts of the case.
“Firstly, there was an element of preparation in the commission of the crime. This is not a situation where the defendant in a fight had grabbed hold of a weapon within easy reach and used it against the victim, Eko Mulyono,” said Justice Dato Chong in considering that the defendant had armed himself with a knife when he went into the kitchen before confronting the victim between February 25 and 26, 2012.
“Secondly, the manner in which the defendant attacked the victim reveals a dangerous and violent man. This is not a case where the defendant in the heat of the moment in a fight stabbed the victim once.
“The defendant knifed the victim, who was unarmed, repea-tedly,” added Justice Dato Chong, referring to the post-mortem report which showed multiple stab wounds on vital parts of the victim’s body, especially his neck and chest.
“Finally, the defendant stole the victim’s money after killing him”, said Justice Dato Chong.
Deputy Public Prosecutors were Norhatai DP Hj Omar and Hjh Emeralda PD Hj Abas.
Counsel was Shazale Mohd Salleh.