KUALA LUMPUR: A tow truck operator, charged with murdering banker Hussain Ahmad Najadi and attempting to murder a woman who was with him, was brought to the High Court here to have his plea recorded.
Koong Swee Kwan (pic), 45, claimed trial to the two charges before High Court judge Justice Azman Husin yesterday.
The judge fixed between June 9 and June 20 for the trial.
Hussain, 75, the founder of Arab-Malaysian Development Bank, was shot dead at a parking lot in the grounds of the Kuan Yin temple in Jalan Ceylon here between 1.30pm and 2pm on July 29 last year.
Koong was charged in a magistrate’s court on Oct 3 with murdering Hussain.
He was accused under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the death sentence upon conviction.
Koong faces a second charge of attempting to murder and causing injury to Cheong Mei Kuen, 50, at the same time and place.
The charge provides a jail term of up to 20 years upon conviction.
Justice Azman fixed the second charge to be heard at the same time as the first charge.
DPP Yusaini Amer Abd Karim prosecuted while Zamri Idrus acted for Koong.
Yusaini said the prosecution would call between 15 and 20 witnesses.