PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – The Court of Appeal yesterday set five days, beginning Feb 9 next year, to hear the appeals brought by a former lawyer and his employees who were convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of cosmetic millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and her three aides four years ago.
A three-member panel chaired by Datuk Aziah Ali also ordered the defence counsel and the prosecution to file their respective written submissions by Jan 26, next year.
Justice Aziah, who presided on the panel with Justice Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim and Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, also fixed Nov 13 this year to hear N Pathmanabhan’s application to amend his petition of appeal.
She also instructed Pathmanabhan’s counsel to file the application before Nov 6 this year.
Earlier, the panel allowed the applications by T Thilaiyalagan and R Kathavarayan for extension of time to respectively filed their petition of appeal on or before Nov 30 this year.
On May 23, last year, Pathmanabhan, 44, and farmhands Thilaiyalagan, 22, R Matan, 23, and Kathavarayan, 34, were found guilty and sentenced to death for the murder of Sosilawati, 47, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44, bank officer Noorhisham Mohamad, 38, and lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32.
They were found guilty by the High Court in Shah Alam of committing the offence at Lot 2001, Jalan Tanjong Layang, Tanjung Sepat, in Banting between 8.30pm and 9.45pm on Aug 30, 2010.
In his judgment, High Court Judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir concluded that land matters figured as the key motive in the murder of Sosilawati for the reason of the inability of Pathmanabhan to honour the cheque issued to Sosilawati.