KOTA KINABALU: A 33-year-old woman was charged with the murder of her husband in an ongoing case that saw the arrest of eight policemen, including a high ranking officer with the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom).
Nurima Juli was charged in the Tawau Magistrate's Court with the murder of her ex-husband Nurman Bakaratu, 62, at the oil palm estate along Mile 5, Jalan Apas between 7.30pm and 9pm on Jan 13.
No plea was recorded from Nurima who was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code before Magistrate Mohd Dzul Elmi Yunus on Monday (Jan 29).
The court set March 6 for mention of the case as the prosecution is waiting for the autopsy and chemical reports in connection with the case.
The case will be transferred to the High Court before a plea is recorded.
Nurima was not represented while the prosecution was led by Mohd Syahnidzam Ahmad.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Idris Abdullah told reporters Tuesday (Jan 31) that investigations were still ongoing into the murder case with the woman already charged in the court.
"We are continuing our investigations and gathering evidence in connection with the case," he told reporters after attending the monthly Sabah police gathering at the Kepayan state police headquarters here.
He said the investigation involved the arrest of eight policemen including senior officers as well as civilians.
Comm Idris said that they were still building the case against those detained by gathering evidence and would forward investigation papers to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for further action.
He said police believe the real motive of the murder was jealousy as the woman was the wife of the murdered victim.
"It is more of a personal matter and nothing to do with security matters," he said.
He urged the public not to speculate on the case and all issues involved would be clearer after the investigations were completed.
The decomposing body of Nurman, a e-hailing driver, was found Jan 16 and it led to the arrests of his wife and subsequently followed up with police detaining eight policemen including a Senior Assistant Commissioner (SAC) with Esscom.
The policemen remain under remand until Feb 1 and Feb 2.
A special investigation team from Bukit Aman is carrying out the investigations.