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Masseur claims trial to causing death of female colleague
Published on: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A 25-year-old local masseur claimed trial to causing the death of his colleague in a spa here.

Jestery Ayang who was brought before Sessions Court Judge Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim, made the plea on Tuesday after the charge against him was read.

He is accused of committing culpable homicide not amounting to the murder of one Norfazlina Abantas, 19, between 12.01am and 1am on Oct 9, 2016 in a workers' room of the Borneo Spa, Jalan Mat Salleh, Tanjung Aru.

The offence under Section 304(a) of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to 30 years and liability of a fine, on conviction.

The court set May 26 for mention and ordered Jestery remanded further pending the date.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Dinesh Raja appeared for the prosecution while counsel Rijolin Molisin who stood in for counsel Datuk Maijol Mahap represented Jestery.

Meanwhile, in another court, a 30-year-old man was ordered to enter his defence on a charge of raping an 18-year-old girl.

Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz fixed June 20-21 this year for Albert Chong's defence.

He allegedly raped the girl at 7am towards the end of October 2014 at a house in Membakut, Beaufort.

The prosecution had called 11 witnesses during the hearing.

DPP Husna Abdul Halim conducted the prosecution while Chong was represented by counsel Henry Gudid.

In another case, Azreena postponed to June 9 the ruling of a case involving a 50-year-old local man charged with harbouring two illegal immigrants.

The court reset the date for Bernadus Upai when the prosecution applied for a postponement.

Bernadus is accused of harbouring the two Filipinos without any documents inside a car at the Immigration Control Post in Sindumin on Sept 20, 2016. – Cynthia D Baga

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