Ex-cop escapes gallows, gets 10 years' jail for causing stepdaughter's death

PUTRAJAYA: A former policeman escaped the gallows and has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after the Court of Appeal overturned his conviction for murdering his two-year-old stepdaughter Hanis Amanda Mohd Zafil in 2015.

The panel of judges, consisting of Justices Datuk Seri Kamaludin Md Said, Datuk Hashim Hamzah and Datuk Azman Abdullah substituted it with a conviction for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

In the grounds of judgment released on June 6, Justice Azman said after scrutinising the evidence, the court found that the High Court was wrong to convict Muhammad Khairuanuar of murder as the prosecution failed to prove that he had the intention to inflict bodily injury which caused the death of the child.

He said the court viewed that the evidence by the prosecution failed to prove that Muhammad Khairuanuar had the knowledge that his act was so imminently dangerous that it must in all probability cause death, or such bodily injury is likely to cause death.

Justice Azman said this was based on the evidence given by a prosecution witness who was staying at the condominium at that time who testified that he heard the child scream at around 3pm and she was still alive at about 5.20pm.

He said the witness also saw the child lying down holding a milk bottle in front of the television after that.

Muhammad Khairuanuar was charged with murdering Hanis Amanda in a condominium unit in Section 5, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur between 7am and 7.30pm on Nov 6, 2015.

He was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in March 2021. He then appealed to the Court of Appeal.

The child's biological father and her stepmother had testified that they noticed there were bruises on the child's body particularly on her ribs and thighs whilst she was in their care between Oct 17, 2015 and Oct 19, 2015.

Hanis Amanda's father also gave evidence in court that his child felt pain and said it was "Papa Bi" who caused the bruises. According to him "Papa Bi" mentioned by his child referred to Muhammad Khairuanuar.

The child's parents divorced in 2013 and her mother married Muhammad Khairuanuar while her father married another woman. – Bernama

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