SIBU: A probationary police constable, who was brought to the Magistrate’s Court here under heavy guard, has been charged with the murder of his colleague.
The accused, Mohamad Nur Alif Mazlan, 28, was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code with killing Norhalim Tumiran, 25, at a house in Lane 9, Jalan Permai, between 5.45pm and 6.30pm on May 6.
The offence carries the mandatory death sentence. No plea was taken from Mohamad Nur when the charge was read out before magistrate Siti Hazwani Hanim.
His two other colleagues, 21 and 23, who were also being investigated under the same charge, were released by the court and will now be prosecution witnesses.
Earlier, the trio had arrived at the court under the heavy guard of some 20 police officers.
It was reported that Norhalim, who was from Pahang, was found dead with gunshot wounds on his right ear at the house.
Three men – tenants in the same house – were subsequently arrested.
OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit was earlier quoted as saying that Norhalim had been playing computer games in a room in the house when he was shot.
“The deceased had just started working six weeks ago before the incident as a member of the Motorcycle Patrol Unit of the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department of Sibu, ” he said.
ACP Stanley said the rented house was occupied by five friends of the deceased, two of whom were out on duty during the incident.
Norhalim, a close friend of the tenants, was living in staff quarters at the Sibu police headquarters.
He leaves behind his wife and a one-year-old baby.