MELAKA – Four men were sentenced to death today after the High Court here found them guilty of murdering an acquaintance, seven years ago.
High Court Judge Datuk Mohd Firuz Jaffril meted the punishment after finding M. P. Namasivayam, 30; P. Narendranpathy, 33; P. Sethupathi, 32; and Aiman Mazlan, 27, guilty as the defence failed to create reasonable doubt in the case.
In the dock, the four accused appeared restless and as soon as the judge announced his decision, they wept and nodded their heads.
According to the charge, the four were charged with the murder of B. R. Sivan, who was then aged 32 in an incident in front of a house at Jalan BJ 2, Taman Bertam Jaya, here at 10.45 pm, on May 4 2013 under Section 302 of the Penal Code which provides for the mandatory death penalty.
Meanwhile, Justice Mohd Firuz discharged and acquitted two more men of the murder charge after finding the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against accused , A. Satish, 26, and G. Vincent Lawrence, 28.
During the trial, 36 prosecution witnesses and 10 defence witnesses were called to testify.
Prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor, Effizah Ernie Idris while the accused were represented by counsels Paul Krishnaraja, Andrew Lourdes, Raftfizi Zainal Abidin and Asmawi Ismail.