Court upholds 15-year sentence

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 28 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: An unemployed man, who was sentenced to 15 years' jail for causing the death of a Singapore Airlines (SIA) stewardess failed in his attempt to have his sentence reduced when the Federal Court here rejected his appeal yesterday. 

A three-judge panel, headed by the Chief Justice of Malaya Datuk Haidar Mohamed Noor, upheld the sentence against Ooi Beng Hin, 37, as it found no discrepancies in the case either in the High Court or the Court of Appeal. 

Haidar, sitting together with the Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong and Federal Court Judge Datuk Siti Norma Yaakob, made the decision after studying the grounds for judgement and argument of counsel Ravi Nekoo and Deputy Public Prosecutor Abdul Wahab Mohamed. 

Ooi was accused of causing the death of Boo Choy Kiew, 36, at the house No SB9, Dahlia Court, Jalan Indah 23, Taman Pandan Indah, Ampang, between 7pm and 8pm on July 28, 1994. 

He was charged under Section 304 of the Penal Code, which provides jail term of up to 20 years on conviction. 

When he was produced before the Shah Alam High Court on May 5, 1997, Ooi faced a murder charge under Section 302 which provides a mandatory death sentence on conviction. 

However, the charge was amended to manslaughter on May 7, 1997 where Ooi pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years from the date of conviction by Justice Datuk Faiza Tamby Chik. 

Ooi, who had been in prison for three years before he was charged in the High Court, appealed against the sentence. 

He appealed to the Court of Appeal to have his sentence imposed from the date of his arrest on July 29, 1994 but was rejected. – Bernama

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