Four charged with murdering former Mardi researcher

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR) – Four men have been charged at the Magistrate’s Court in Malaysia over the death of former Mardi researcher Dr Wan Hassan Wan Embong, who was killed in a robbery at his home in Bukit Bandaraya two weeks ago.

Security guard S Vickneswaran, 22; despatch rider P Kogilan, 23; unemployed M Ravindran, 23; and electrician T Sugu, 27; were jointly accused of murdering the 73-year-old victim at a house in Bukit Bandaraya between 3.35am and 4am on November 29.

The men were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same Code.

They face the death penalty upon conviction. They nodded to signal they understood the charge after it was read out by the court interpreter before Magistrate Wong Chai Sia yesterday. No plea was recorded.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Ahmad Hakimi Wan Ahmad Jaafar appeared for the prosecution.

The magistrate fixed March 9 for mention in the case.

The men were later brought to the Sessions Court to face a charge of gang robbery.

They claimed trial to committing gang robbery using a machete and a hammer on engineer Mohd Muzaffar Zulkifli Martin, 33.

The offence was allegedly committed at a house on Jalan Tiara Titiwangsa 1, between 4.12am and 5.30am on the same day.

The charge under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code carries imprisonment of up to 20 years and whipping, upon conviction.

Judge Izralizam Sanusi did not allow bail and fixed March 9 for mention.