Guilty: Zahidah being led out of the courtroom at the Shah Alam High Court. -Bernama
SHAH ALAM: A woman received the death sentence at the High Court here after she and her stepsister were found guilty of killing their stepmother by suffocating her with a pillow two years ago.
Judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir held that the unemployed accused, Zahidah Ahmad, 27, and her 18-year-old stepsister had failed to raise a reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case.
The court set April 28, however, for the sentencing of Zahidah’s stepsister pending a probation report as she was a minor at the time of the offence.
Akhtar said he found both the accused’s testimony to be a mere denial, adding that the prosecution witnesses were more credible.
“So I find that the prosecution has proven beyond a reasonable doubt the charges against the accused and hold them guilty as charged,” he said yesterday.
Zahidah and her stepsister were jointly charged with killing Tanziah Zainuddin at a house in Taman Sri Wangi, Kapar, Klang about 5.30pm on July 14, 2012.
They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death sentence, upon conviction.
A total of 14 prosecution and three defence witnesses were called throughout the trial.
The prosecution was handled by DPP Iswa Tonie while the two sisters were represented by Tan Teck Yaw and Liow Boon Lee.
It was earlier reported that the death of the victim, a religious teacher, was classified as sudden death.
However, three days after her burial, a member of her family found some of the victim’s jewellery missing and lodged a police report on the matter.
Tanziah’s body was exhumed and a post-mortem revealed that the cause of her death was asphyxiation. — Bernama