PENANG: Three men and a juvenile were jointly charged in a magistrate's court yesterday with the murder of discotheque manager Nigel Ivan Samson.
Mohd Izam Abd Rahman, 21, Norzaidi Jabal, 28, Ardy Azhar, 27, and the 17-year-old youth were alleged to have caused the death of Samson, 37, near the Batu Uban jetty, Sungai Nibong Besar at 6.30am on March 28.
The four were charged with committing the offence jointly with another person still at large.
No plea was recorded when the charge was read out to the four accused before magistrate Ainul Shahrin Mohamad.
The accused were denied bail pending the mention of the case on July 13 to enable the prosecution to prepare the chemist and post-mortem reports.
The men and the youth were charged with committing the offence under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carried a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
C/Insp Iqbaal Mustafa appeared for the prosecution while R.S.N. Rayer represented Norzaidi and the youth.
Mohd Izam and Ardy were unrepresented.
According to news reports, Samson's body was found on a sandbank at low tide near the jetty by a construction site security guard.
He was found with his head wrapped in a jacket and his hands tied behind his back.
Police also found his car in Relau, about three kilometres from where the body was found.