Sentenced: Chew being taken away from the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur.
KUALA LUMPUR: A taxi driver who allegedly ferried the suspected killer of Arab-Malaysian Development Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi, was sentenced to a total of 14 years’ imprisonment and ordered to be whipped six times for having a pistol, a magazine and four bullets.
Sessions Court Judge Azwarnida Affandi jailed Chew Siang Chee, 46, for 10 years and ordered him to be caned six times for possessing a Walther pistol and a magazine under Section 8 of the Firearms Act (Increased Penalty) 1971.
Judge Azwarnida also sentenced him to four years’ jail for having four bullets under Section 8(a) of the Arms Act 1960 (Act 206).
She instructed the sentences to run consecutively, from July 30 last year, the date of his arrest.
The judge meted out the sentences after the prosecution succeeded in proving a case beyond reasonable doubt against Chew.
“Your defence is only an inherently improbable afterthought and a bare denial.
“Therefore, I find you guilty and convict you of all charges,” she said when delivering the verdict yesterday.
Chew was accused of possessing the pistol, a magazine and four bullets at Desa Cindaimas condominium in Jalan Kuchai Lama here, at about 5.45pm on Aug 3, last year.
in mitigation, Chew’s counsel R. Ramesh said that his client was the sole breadwinner of the family and had four children aged two, six, 10 and 11, to support. he also said that Chew did not have a prior conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin urged the court to order the sentences to be served consecutively and called for a deterrent sentence.
On July 29, last year, Hussain Ahmad, 76, was shot dead while his wife was seriously injured when they came out from the Kuan Yin Temple in Lorong Ceylon.
A gunman who crept from behind, fired at Hussain Ahmad and his 50-year-old wife at close range killing the renowned banker.