IPOH: The High Court today sentenced a former security guard to death by hanging after being found guilty of killing the Perak Veterinary Services Department deputy director, four years ago.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Che Mohd Ruziman Ghazali meted the sentence on Syahmie Hassan, 24, after the prosecution had proven the charges beyond any reasonable doubt.
Syahmie was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code with the murder of Perak Veterinary Department deputy director Dr Rohani Kasim, 38 at an apartment in Block F, tingkat 1, Unit 9, Persiaran Lembah Perpaduan, Permai Lake View in Ulu Kinta between 6pm and 7.30pm on Aug 3, 2011.
Che Mohd Ruzima in his judgment had considered the action of the accused before, during and after the offence based on witnesses’ testimonies.
“The accused was found to have intentionally committed the offence when an adhesive tape and a cable wire were found in the victim’s house. Similarly, the fact on how the incident occurred, when the accused had strangled the deceased by using curtain cloth upon finding she was still breathing.
“In fact, the accused after committing the offence had returned to his apartment and told his friend that he had stolen a gold bracelet belonging to a
neighbour who was the victim and admitted to have killed the victim.”
“The accused had also tried to escape after being spotted by a witness, who saw the accused carrying the victim in a mattress,” he said.
Based on these factors, Che Mohd Ruzima said the accused had acted in a state of complete consciousness.
Therefore, the Court had considered the report issued by Consultant Neuropsychiatrit Dr Prem Kumar from the Penang Adventist Hospital and found that the defence had failed to prove that Syahmie was insane during the incident and had caused the death of the victim, Che Mohd Ruzima said.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Harris Ong Mohd Jeffrey Ong appeared for the prosecution while the accused was represented by lawyer Rafael Abdullah.