Friday , April 16 2021

Federal Court upholds death sentence of former tow truck driver for murder of AmBank founder

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Federal Court upheld the conviction and death sentence of a former tow truck driver for the 2013 murder of the Arab-Malaysian Bank (AmBank) founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi.

A three-member delegation led by Judge Rohana Yusuf, President of the Court of Appeal, also upheld the 18-year sentence of Koong Swee Kwan for attempting to murder Najadi’s wife, Cheong Mei Kuen.

The delegation, including Federal Court judges Abdul Rahman Sebli and Haşnah Mohammed Hashim, rejected Koong’s final appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Judge Rohana said the evidence against Koong was enormous.

Koong’s attorney Hisyam Teh Poh Teik said that his client’s last application was to appeal for mercy to the Pardons Board.

On appeal, he stated that his client’s defense had not been fairly and fairly evaluated by the trial judge as required by law.

52-year-old Koong, known as Sei Ngan Chai (wearing glasses), was sentenced to death on October 27, 2017, for killing 75-year-old Najadi after his trial was retried. He was also sentenced to 18 years in prison for attempting to kill Cheong.

On July 29, 2013, the man was charged with committing crimes between 13:30 and 14:00 in the parking lot of the Kuan Yin Temple in Lorong Ceylon.

On September 5, 2014, Kuala Lumpur Supreme Court judge Judge Mohd Azman Husin sentenced Koong for the Najadi murder and 18 years in prison.

However, on December 14, 2016, the Federal Court annulled the five-person court conviction and ordered the retrial of the case at the Supreme Court after Judge Mohd Azman might have been biased for hearing a taxi driver’s appeal. Chew Xiang Chee was accused of possession of pistols and bullets. After being shot, Chew was said to drive Koong away.

Chew was convicted of possession of a pistol and real ammunition and was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Sessions Court for two crimes. However, he was acquitted by the Court of Appeal in 2015.

The retrial of Koong’s case was heard by then judicial commissioner Ab Karim Ab Rahman (now Supreme Court judge).

Meanwhile, the deputy prosecutor Tetralina Ahmed Fauzi argued that the conviction against Koong was safe as there was very strong evidence to back him up.

He said that the judge of the Supreme Court followed section 182 of the Code of Criminal Procedure when he ruled that the prosecutor proved his case beyond reasonable doubt. – Bernama

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