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Sayang Sabah - The voice of Sabahans

Students go to the gallows

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PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here today upheld the death sentence on three former college students for the murder of their disabled lecturer Zara Eleena Omar Peter and her father three years ago.

A three-member bench chaired by Justice Datuk Aziah Ali dismissed the appeal brought by Mohamad Zul Shahril Suhaimi, 23, Mohamad Sharafe Matt Noh, 22, and Azizi Aizat Ibrahim, 23, to set aside their conviction and death sentence.

The court upheld the acquittal of another accused Muhammad Safwan Mohamed on the charge of killing Omar Peter Abdullah but ordered him to enter his defence on the charge of murdering Zara Eleena.

Muhammad Safwan, 23, was acquitted and discharged by the High Court without him being ordered to enter his defence on both murder charges.

Justice Aziah who sat on the panel with Justices Datuk Rohana Yusuf and Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi had set Aug 7 for mention of Muhammad Safwan’s case at the High Court in Shah Alam.

The prosecution conducted by deputy public prosecutor K. Mangai succeeded in her cross-appeal to overturn Muhammad Safwan’s acquittal in respect of the charge for the murder of Zara Eleena.

However, the court dismissed the prosecution’s cross-appeal against Muhammad Safwan’s acquittal with regard to Omar Peter’s murder.

Mohamad Zul Shahril, 23, Mohamad Sharafe, 22, and Azizi Aizat Ibrahim, 23, were sentenced to death after the High Court found them guilty of killing Zara Eleena, 23, who lectured English at the college, between 1.30 am and 2.30am on March 9, 2012.

Mohamad Zul Shahril, Mohamad Sharafe and Azizi Aizat were former students of Cybernetics International College of Technology while Muhammad Safwan was a former student from another college.

They were also found guilty on the second charge of killing her father, Omar Peter Abdullah, 56, a retired accountant, between 11.30pm on March 8, 2012 and 1.30am, the following day.

They were accused of committing the murder at a house in Jalan TK 1/11, Taman Kinrara, Puchong.  Lawyer Affifudin Afifi represented Mohamad Zul Shahril, Aminuddin Mohd Ramli for Mohamad Sharafe, Fadhli Sutris for Azizi Aizat. Muhammad Safuan was represented by counsel Shah Rizal Abdul Manan. – BERNAMA

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