SIBU: The High Court has fixed Aug 24 to Sept 4 for the trial of the bank manager murder case.
Judge Ravinthran Paramaguru at the case management yesterday said the first block for the trial would be from Aug 24 to 28 followed by the next one from Sept 1 to 4.
He said the trial would still go on with or without the first accused, Tiong King Guan, a 29-year-old car salesman who is still at large.
The Court of Appeal in Kuching had on Feb 10 issued a warrant of arrest for Tiong after he failed to show up for the hearing of the case then.
Up to now, Tiong remains elusive.
DPP Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad said he would be calling 20 to 30 witnesses for the trial.
Anthony Tai, who is the defence counsel for the second accused, had also requested for a speedy trial though the first accused could not be located yet.
Tiong, and the second accused, Christine Ling Hang Tsyr, 31, had their earlier charge for manslaughter enhanced by the Court of Appeal to murder under Section 109 and Section 302 which is read together with Section 34 of the same code.
The prosecution, consisting of Senior Federal Counsel Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad and DPP Mirza Mohd, had made for appeal.
They were accused in furtherance of common intention, by way of conspiracy, abetted one, Ling Hoe Ing, 27, to murder Wong King Kui, 31, the former branch manager of HSBC Sibu.
Ling is the wife of Wong. They have one child.
The offence was committed at 1.30am on June 14, 2012, at his home in Ulu Sungai Merah.
Hoe Ing was on Oct 1, 2013, sentenced to 16 years’ jail after he pleaded guilty to culpable homicide not amounting to the murder of Wong.