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Local duo let off after one year under remand
Published on: Friday, November 27, 2015
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Kota Kinabalu: Two local men, who had been under remand for a year, walked free after the Sessions Court on Thursday let them off a charge of robbing a policeman's sister.Judge Azreena Aziz discharged and acquitted Mohd Khairul Mohd Zaini and Methodius Callixtus Joseph from the charge without their defence being called.

In making the decision, Azreena ruled that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against them.

Mohd Khairul and Methodius were accused of robbing one Norsilah Ahmad Kifli of a car with an iron rod, a MyKad belonging to her brother one Sharul Nizam Ahmad Kifli, a police ID belonging to Sharul, a driving licence for police vehicle and a pistol.

They allegedly committed the offence together with a juvenile who was sent to the Henry Gurney School after he pleaded guilty to the charge, at 1.50am on Nov 20, 2014 by the roadside in Kg Pikat, Bongawan, Papar.

The offence, under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code, provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and whipping, on conviction.

The prosecution had called 11 witnesses to testify during the hearing.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Husna Abdul Halim conducted the prosecution while counsel P. J Perira defended Mohd Khairul, while Methodius was represented by counsel Michelle Usman.

In the same court, a 19-year-old changed his plea and admitted to causing grievous hurt to his uncle with a machete.

However, Azreena deferred Mohd Fairul Ahmad's sentencing to Dec 10 pending the availability of his social report from the Welfare Department.

Mohd Fairul is accused of assaulting one Kamarulzaman Kamardin, 36, with the weapon at 4pm on July 4 this year at a house in Kg Bolong Baru, Tuaran.

Mohd Fairul was ordered remanded further pending the date.



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