Hornbill Unleashed

May 26, 2017

Bill Kayong murder trial: Ruling June 6

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

The four men including one with the title Datuk, charged with the murder of social activist Bill Kayong on June 21, 2016 at the traffic light intersection near E-Mart Supermarket in Tudan, Miri-Kuala Baram Bypass, will know their fate when the High Court makes its ruling on June 6.

Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang, 46, Chin Wui Ching, 51, and Lie Chang Loon, 38, were charged with abetting Mohamad Fitri Pauz, 30, an offence punishable under Section 109 read together with Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carry the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

High Court Judge Ravinthran N Paramaguru presided over the case whereby 28 prosecution witnesses including investigating officer ASP Lee Chee Keat have been called to testify since March 7, 2017.

Ravinthran said after having deliberated on the oral submission, the prosecution only focussed on the first accused (Mohamad Fitri) and had not implicated the three accused in abetting Mohamad Fitri.

However, if there is concrete evidence within the trial, he has set aside three days (June 14, 15 and 16) for the defence call.

DPP head Mohd Fuad Abdul Aziz said the prosecution focussed on the first accused, as direct evidences from two key witnesses, Paul Boniface Apan and Sim Chien Hui, were taken into consideration.

The two were impeached for contradictions between their testimonies in court against Mohamad Fitri Pauzi the first accused in the murder trial of Bill and the cautioned statements they made to the police.

With the ruling date on the case set for June 6, counsels Orlando Chua, Arthur Lee and David Kuok for the three other accused applied for their clients to be released on bail under Section 388 (2) of the Criminal Procedures Code pending the ruling.

However, Ravinthran dismissed their requests stressing that was why he set an early date for ruling – June 6.

Nevertheless, he agreed to Chua’s request for Stephen Lee who suffered breathing and sleeping problems to undergo medical treatment as soon as possible.

Chua told the court that Lee’s health problem had deteriorated since being detained at Lambir Prison from last December, alleging his client was deprived of a machine that could assist in his breathing.

Mohd Fuad countered the allegation, saying Miri Hospital could not place such machine in the prison cell because there is no power supply socket for the machine.

Meanwhile, the court hearing yesterday continued to attract a large crowd as Bill Kayong too was the former PKR Miri branch secretary known for his active involvement in helping natives to champion their land issues.

Source : The Borneo Post online by Cecilia Sman



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