MIRI: Mohd Fitri Pauz has been sentenced to death by the High Court here for the murder of native rights activist and Miri Parti Keadilan Rakyat secretary Bill Kayong in a mafia-style shooting two years ago.
High Court Judge P. Ravinthran found the 30-year-old guilty of fatally shooting Kayong on June 21, 2016 after ruling that the prosecution had proven its case beyond doubt.
"I sentence the accused to death for the offence of murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code," he said.
On June 6 last year, 46-year-old businessman Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang, who was charged with abetting the killing of Kayong, was discharged and acquitted by the Miri High Court without his defence being called.
Two other accused were also discharged and acquitted without their defence being called – Lie Chang Loon, 38, and Chin Wui Chung, 51.
The three suspects were freed because there was insufficient evidence linking them to the crime.
However, the judge found there was sufficient evidence in Mohamad Fitri's case and ordered him to enter his defence.
During the trial, Justice P. Ravinthran told Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Nisla Latif and defence lawyer Rambir Singh that he was satisfied that the evidence linked Mohamad Fitri to the shooting.
Kayong was shot dead on June 21, 2016 at a traffic light near the Emart supermarket in the Kuala Baram district.
The offence under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death penalty.
The four suspects were arrested separately at various places and dates after the shooting.
Kayong was the Miri PKR secretary and also actively involved in fighting for native land rights in Sarawak.