Two men linked to the Kuala Lurah killing were sentenced to four years’ jail by the Chief Justice following their guilty pleas yesterday, to be backdated from the day they were first remanded.
Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong, sitting with Judge Judge Muhammed Faisal bin Pehin Datu Juragan Laila Diraja Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Kefli, gave consideration to the defendants’ culpability on handing sentence. However, they also observed the instant guilty pleas toward the charges of culpable homicide by Yusree bin Haji Ya’akub @ Yakub, 38, and abetment of culpable homicide for Supariddin bin Haji Mat Jinin, 45.
DPP Hajah Anifa Rafiza binti Haji Abdul Ghani’s case stated that the duo banded with other men headed for Kuala Lurah in vengeance against the victim’s friend Haji Ismadi and his companions for their assault on two members of their own group.
Close to midnight on January 11, 2017 Supariddin, armed with a baseball bat, travelled by car with his friends and was tasked to inform Haji Ismadi’s arrival from Limbang.
Meanwhile, Yusree and his friends armed with a knife, a katana, a baseball bat and other weapons, stood by the roadside to wait for the arrival.
Haji Tuah, the instigator to the killing, arrived from Limbang and joined the others telling them he had seen Haji Ismadi across the border.
The gang did not encounter Haji Ismadi as expected, but Haji Tuah spotted his car being driven by the victim, passing the Kuala Lurah Control Post heading towards Bandar Seri Begawan.
Haji Tuah reported this to the group and said Haji Ismadi might be in the car with the victim.
Haji Tuah left the scene before the attack while Supariddin and his friends stayed.
The armed gang of over 10 men including Yusree then launched their attack and killed the victim.
Supariddin approached the victim’s car, and on finding that Haji Ismadi was nowhere to be found, he started damaging the car with the baseball bat.
Defence counsels Ahmad Zakaria Mohammad acted for Yusree, and Shazale bin Haji Mohd Salleh for Supariddin.