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Conviction and imprisonment on attempted murder upheld


KUALA LUMPUR:  The High Court here upheld the conviction and sentence of 17 years imprisonment on a former bus driver for the attempted murder of his former girlfriend by burning her in an apartment in Sentul.

Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah made the decision today after reviewing the appeal records and arguments submitted by Mohamad Saiful Mohamad Azmi, 32, to set aside the conviction and sentence.

In his judgement, Azman said the court accepted the statement of the prosecution witness who is the victim’s younger sister that Mohamad Saiful had committed the same offence on her elder sister two months before the incident when part of her sister’s hair was affected.

Azman said the court also accepted the statement of the victim’s younger sister in the first incident to show it was not Mohamad Saiful’s strange habit to pour petrol on the victim.

“The court also accepted the statement of the victim which was consistent with the behaviour of Mohamad Saiful who is hot-tempered and violent as well as the statements of the victim’s housemate who was at the scene of incident,” he said.

On Nov 12 2013, the Sessions Court sentenced Mohamad Saiful to 17 years jail after finding him guilty of attempting to murder Dayang Adizaziman Awang, 28, by using an inflammable liquid at the Teratai Mewah Apartment, Jalan Langkawi, Setapak, here.

He was charged with the offence at 3.30 am on March 30 2012, under Section 307 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum of 20 years jail sentence.  Meanwhile, the court was satisfied with the Sessions Court Judge’s findings that the jail sentence was commensurate with the brutality of Mohamad Saiful
even though it did not lead to the death of the victim.

“The court accepted the statement that the victim was still in pain and could not lift her hand causing her unable to eat and drink properly apart from undergoing surgery after surgery and the sufferings of the victim of not being able to go out or be exposed to hot weather,” he said.

Deputy public prosecutor Norazlin Mohammed Yusoff prosecuted while Mohamad Saiful was represented by counsel Wan Razali Wan Kadir in the appeal. -BERNAMA


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