SIBU: A man pleaded guilty to using a shotgun to fire at wedding guests at a longhouse in Song District about a year ago but the Sessions Court rejected the plea and ordered him to stand trial.
Nyumbang Entuhan, 37, pleaded guilty to causing hurt to six people, and grievous hurt to three others.
When the case came up for mention before Judge Timothy Finalson Joel on May 6, Nyumbang pleaded guilty to all nine charges, plus another under Section 8(a) of the Firearms Act 1960 for not having a permit to use the shotgun.
Judgment was to have been delivered yesterday morning.
However, Judge Joel rejected his guilty plea and ordered Nyumbang to stand trial after he made several denials over a police report lodged against him by witness Brain
Inu when it was read to him yesterday.
Nyumbang is accused of causing hurt to Jeffery Narok, 25, Narok Lapik, 54, Nelly Brain, 21, Tait Jantom, 38, Layah Julong, 67 and Sia Silo, nine.
He is accused of causing grievous hurt to Ricky Jack, 20, Bidin Ungka, 60, and Jante Ajah, 50.
He was alleged to have fired a shotgun at a crowd attending a wedding dinner at a longhouse, Rumah Enchang, Ulu Katibas, in Song District near here between 9.30pm to 10pm on June 6, last year.
Nyumbang, married to a woman from the same longhouse, surrendered to the police soon after the incident.
He has yet to be charged in the High Court for causing the deaths of Meluda Imin, 35, Jimbun Ngindang, 30, and brothers Galau Ilu, 27, and Paulus Ilu, 43, and 34-year-old Gram George.
When the report was read out to him by a court official yesterday, Nyumbang denied holding a parang at the time of the offence as alleged by the complainant, Brain Inu.
He, however, agreed he had a shotgun.
Nyumbang also admitted causing injury to the nine but denied causing the deaths of the five others by shooting them.
Joel ordered Nyumbang to stand trial beginning Aug 25 and for him to be remanded at the Sibu Prison, pending trial. Bernama
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