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Saturday June 22, 2013

Longer jail terms for ex-religious teacher and volunteer

SHAH ALAM: The High Court here has increased the jail sentence to 20 years each for a former religious teacher and a volunteer at a welfare home who were found guilty of causing the death of a resident five years ago.

Justice Nurchaya Arshad rejected the appeal on conviction and sentence filed by appellants Mohammed Azizi Mohd Vello, 29, and Mohd Shuhaidi Mohamad, 30, and used the court’s discretion to enhance the jail term.

However, no grounds of judgment were available.

On Feb 29, 2012, Mohammed Azizi and Mohd Shuhaidi were convicted and sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment each for causing the death of 23-year-old Megat Mohd Amirul Adha Sobri at Rumah Kebajikan Darul Islah Selangor (Perkid) in Jalan Sentosa, Batu 14, Hulu Langat, about 11am on June 26, 2008.

Mohammed Azizi joined the home in early 2007 as a resident and later became a volunteer.

Mohd Shuhaidi was the Perkid Hulu Langat operations chief who joined the home in 2004.

The court ordered for Mohammed Azizi’s jail term to run from the date of sentencing by the lower court while Mohd Shuhaidi’s jail term was to run from yesterday as he was previously out on a RM30,000 bail.

The court also rejected the defence’s application for a stay of execution.

During the trial, the lower court heard that the victim, who was sent to the rehabilitation centre by his parents a month earlier, had tried to run away.

He was caught and Mohammed Azizi and Mohd Shuhaidi had punched and beat him with a rotan repeatedly as punishment.

Between 40 and 60 other home residents were also forced to assault the victim who was on the floor with his hands and legs tied.

The victim had 70 abrasions on his head, face, body, thighs, legs and feet. He fainted and was rushed to the Ampang Hospital but died due to blunt force trauma to the head.

DPP Fazillah Begum appeared for the prosecution while Abdul Halem Mohamad Husin represented both the accused. M. Athimulan and Ridha Abdah Subri held a watching brief for the victim’s family.

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