KOTA TINGGI: A 43-year-old excavator driver has been charged at a magistrate’s court here with murdering his wife.
Mohd Hanafi Patahur Rahim is accused of murdering his wife Noor Hasliza Alias, 38, at a house on Jalan SS 2/4, Taman Sri Saujana here at around 3.30am on March 1.
He has been charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
No plea was recorded when he was brought before magistrate Rashidah Baharom on Tuesday (March 16).
The court then set April 18 for the next mention of the case pending chemistry and forensic reports.
Hanafi was later brought to the Sessions Court where he pleaded guilty to four charges of possessing illegal firearms.
In the first offence, he was charged with possessing a rifle without a permit at a house in Ladang Pasir Panjang at around 9pm on March 1.
In the second charge, Hanafi was accused of possessing 14 bullets at the same time and location as the first charge.
In the third charge, the accused was charged with possessing another rifle without a permit at a house on Jalan SS 2/4 in Taman Sri Saujana here on March 1 at around 11.30am.
In the fourth charge, Hanafi was charged with possessing 50 bullets at the same time and location as the third charge.
Hanafi had allegedly committed the offences under Subsection 8(a) of the Firearms Act 1960 (Act 206) and can be sentenced under Section 8 of the same Act, which carries a maximum imprisonment of not more than seven years or a fine not more than RM10,000 or both upon conviction.
Hanafi then pleaded guilty to the four charges in front of Sessions judge Zahilah Mohammad Yusoff.
Zahilah then sentenced him to five years’ jail for the first charge, four years for the second, six years for the third, and five years for the fourth, with the sentences running concurrently from the date of his arrest.
Johor prosecution director Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abd Rahman and deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Syafiq Mohd Ghazali prosecuted while Hanafi was not represented.
On March 5, police arrested Hanafi for allegedly killing his wife of eight years, the mother of his two young children, at their home in Taman Saujana.
He was accused of shooting the victim at close range using an air rifle while she was sleeping in their bedroom.
Following investigations, police arrested Hanafi, who has two priors, and a 32-year-old man to help locate the victim after a missing persons report was lodged on March 1.
Her body, which was wrapped in a bedsheet and placed inside a blue plastic barrel, was found buried in an empty field in Bandar Penawar here.