SHAH ALAM: Aircraft cabin cleaner Ahmad Najib Aris claimed trial at the High Court to the murder and rape of IT analyst Canny Ong Lay Kian two months ago.
The small-framed 27-year-old from Taman Pantai Dalam, is alleged to have killed Ong at the 11km Jalan Klang Lama, on June 14 between 1am and 5am.
After the charge was read out to him, yesterday, Ahmad who looked calm and composed, said he understood the charge and pleaded not guilty.
High Court judge Justice Muhamad Ideres Muhamad Rapee fixed the hearing for Sept 15 to 19.
He also allowed an application by the prosecution to have Ahmads murder and rape trial heard together.
DPP Salehuddin Saidin said the application was necessary as the trial, which received nationwide media coverage, was of public interest.
Ahmad Najibs counsel Mohamad Nadzim Ibrahim did not object.
Lawyer Karpal Singh, who held a watching brief for Ongs family, also said he did not object as the prosecutions application was done within the law.
The rape charge was then read to Ahmad Najib and he is alleged to have raped Ong at the same place, date and time as the alleged murder.
He replied: Saya tidak mengaku salah tuan (I plead not guilty sir).
Present at the High Court yesterday were Ahmad Najibs wife as well as Ongs parents and sister Elsie Ong Lee Ching.
Ong, who would have turned 29 about two weeks ago, went missing at the Bangsar Shopping Complex on June 13. Her charred body was recovered from a manhole in Old Klang Road on June 17.
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