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Bid to murder Aussie: Filipino jailed 13 years
Published on: Friday, March 29, 2019
By: Jo Ann Mool
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Bid to murder Aussie: Filipino jailed 13 years
KOTA KINABALU:  A 37-year-old Filipino who tried to kill an Australian homestay operator in Tamparuli, Tuaran, two months ago, was jailed 13 years.

Roy Totong was ordered by Sessions Court Judge Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim, Thursday, to serve the sentence from the date of his arrest on Feb 14.

Roy maintained his guilty plea to committing the offence to Broadhurst Daniel Barry, 46, by slashing his head with a machete at 2pm on Jan 24 year by the roadside in Kg Kiwoi.

He had on Feb 25 pleaded guilty to the charge under Section 307 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to 20 years on conviction but the sentencing was deferred to Thursday pending the victim’s medical report.

The prosecution tendered the report on Thursday.

Roy, who was unrepresented, requested for a lenient sentence, saying he had an ageing mother and a child and no one is looking after them.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Ali Imran urged the court to impose the maximum sentence as a deterrent sentence to Roy because the injuries inflicted to the victim were very serious and life-threatening.

“The court should also send the message that this kind of violent crime should not be tolerated by society,” he said, adding that, Roy is an illegal immigrant and currently serving sentence for staying in the State illegally.

Meanwhile, according to the facts of the case, Roy committed the offence as he was dissatisfied when asked by Broadhurst to leave his house.

Roy slashed Broadhurst three times on his head with the machete and left him bleeding on the roadside.


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