SIBU: The two men who had earlier pleaded not guilty to a charge of illegal possession of a homemade shotgun have been released on bail by the Sessions Court.
Ngu Teck Hing, 23, and Banta Kong, 19, were arrested in connection with the shooting at two premier shopping centres here on Jan 30.
They were on Feb 12 charged under Section 8 of the Firearm Act 1971, which carries a jail sentence of up to 14 years and six strokes of whipping if convicted.
The offence was committed between 4.45pm on Jan 30 and Feb 2 at a house at Jalan Engkala.
At the mention of the case yesterday, Justice Caroline Bee Majanil ordered them to be released on a bail of RM10,000 in two sureties each.
They were also ordered to make a bank fixed deposit of RM2,000 as an added condition for their temporary release.
Caroline then adjourned the case to today for further mention.
Four others who were also arrested by the police in connection with the case, namely Iun Chung Kwong, Iun Chung Kiet, Iun Chung Peng and Alvin Lee Wen Pin, were also on Feb 12 released on bail by the Surbordinate Court. They are to act as prosecution witness for the case against Ngu and Banta.
Two others, Law King Tee and Yun Chung Tai, were however released unconditionally.
In the 2.30am incident on Jan 30, the front glass panel of the 28-storey Wisma Sanyan and Sarawak House Shopping Complex were shot at, resulting in bullet holes.
Ngu, together with four others, were arrested on Jan 31 at 3pm at a house in Jalan Engkala. Kong, meanwhile, was detained by the police on Feb 2 at a house at Jalan Kapor. The other two who were released by the court were nabbed on the same day at two different places.