KUALA LUMPUR: A former policeman has been sentenced to death by the High Court here after he was found guilty of murdering his two-year-old stepdaughter six years ago.
Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah passed the sentence against Muhammad Khairuanuar Baharuddin, 39, after finding the ex-corporal's defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt in the case.
He said it was the court’s finding that the circumstantial evidence in the case had led to the conclusion that the accused killed the victim.
"Therefore, the court convicts the accused under Section 302 of the Penal Code," Justice Sequerah said.
According to the charge sheet, Muhammad Khairuanuar was accused of murdering Hanis Amanda Mohd Zafil, age two, at a condominium in Seksyen 5, Wangsa Maju, here between 7am and 7.30pm on Nov 6,2015.
The charge under Section 302 carries a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
The accused appeared calm as the sentence was passed while two women, believed to be his family members, were seen crying.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Zahida Zakaria appeared for the prosecution while lawyer Fahri Azzat represented the accused.
The death of Hanis Amanda had gripped the nation and her mother opened a Facebook page under the name "Keadilan Untuk Amanda" (Justice for Amanda).