Couple charged with murder handed bail with strict conditions

Fadley Faisal

The High Court yesterday granted bail to the couple in the Mumong murder case, after their defence counsel put forward surfacing issues in the circumstances of processing evidence.

Defence counsels Roy Prabhakaran and Kamal Shaari applied for the bail release of their clients in the High Court, after the Public Prosecutor was agreeable to a non-objection to the application.

The reason for both parties’ concerned approaches to the case is that the exhibits are to be processed for the extraction of evidence by a party outside of the country, and that no determinable schedule of progress can be ascertained.

However, Chief Justice Dato Seri Paduka Steven Chong agreed with the Public Prosecutor’s proposal for conditions to be attached, despite releasing them from custody.

The conditions ordered to be attached to each of their bail are of BND100,000 or two local sureties; reporting to the investigating officer; a set curfew; and avoiding public events, with the exception of performing the Friday prayers.

Aside from that, the defendants’ passports, which have expired, are not renewable.

The couple were also ordered to strictly avoid the crime scene and witnesses. The case has been set for further mention on March 30.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Raihan Nabilah binti Haji Ahmad Ghazali represented the Public Prosecutor in the case.

Hassan bin Yussof, 65, and Rosnani binti Tanga, 51, face a charge for the murder of a 37-year-old Indonesian woman at a house in STKRJ Kampong Mumong, Jalan Derma Wangsa, Kuala Belait, between 6am and 8am, on October 10, 2020.

Rosnani had undergone a mental assessment as ordered, and was found fit to stand trial.

The murder charge against the couple remains, which carries the death penalty.