Three friends charged with murdering man in forest

IPOH (Bernama): Three friends were charged in the Magistrate’s Court here Monday (Jan 18) with murdering a man in a forest in Tanjung Rambutan here last month.

N. Avinesh Sarma, 22; S. Lingeshwarran, 24; and P. Siva Raman, 33; all unemployed, nodded after the charge was read out to them before Magistrate Noor Azreen Liana Mohd Darus.

However, no plea was recorded as the case comes under the High Court’s jurisdiction.

They are alleged to have used a machete to kill K. Arun, 35, in the forest near the Sri Maha Muthu Mariamman Temple in Ladang Tanjung Rambutan between 7.40pm and 8.45pm on Dec 31 last year.

They allegedly committed the offence together with two other individuals still at large.

The charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Fatimah Hannah Abd Wahab appeared for the prosecution while the three accused were represented by lawyers Syahrul Nizam Mohd Rabi and C. Kaladevi.

The court set March 18 for mention, pending the submission of chemical and post-mortem reports. - Bernama

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