GEORGE TOWN: A fisherman was charged with murdering a woman at a Magistrates Court here on Friday (April 5).
Ali Ahmad, 55, from Bukit Dumbar, said he understood the charge when it was read out to him by the court interpreter.
No plea was recorded.
He was charged with murdering Surinder Kaur Bedi, 37, between 10pm and 10.45pm, along Jalan Persiaran Bayan Indah, Bayan Lepas on March 30.
Ali is charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, which carries the mandatory death sentence.
DPP Mohammad Syafiq Nasrullah said he had yet to receive the post-mortem and chemist reports.
He also told the court that bail could not be offered for a murder charge.
Magistrate L. Umma Devi set May 9 for case management, pending the post-mortem and chemist reports.
It was reported that the accused, who has seven prior records of drug charges, hit the victim on her head multiple times with a helmet.
The victim, who is from Jelutong, was certified dead at the Penang Hospital at 5am on April 1.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Che Zaimani Che Awang said initial investigations found that the suspect and the victim knew each other for 15 years. The suspect claimed they were involved in a relationship for the past five months.
ACP Che Zaimani said the suspect took the victim for a ride on his motorcycle (on March 30), and both of them went for a walk in Bayan Lepas.
"They both drank whiskey and the victim got drunk.
"She accused the suspect of seeing other women, and they quarrelled, which resulted in the suspect hitting the victim on the head with his helmet," he said in a statement.
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