MELAKA: Four friends faced murder charges at the Magistrate's Court here Friday (Aug 11) over the deaths of two men, whose bodies were found wrapped in canvas sheets and left to rot in secondary jungle.
However, no pleas were recorded when the two charges were read out to Lok Kian Seng, 47; Daniel Ho Chin Cher, 33; Woon Chee Weng, 44; and Lim Chien Voon, 41; before Magistrate Khairunnisak Hassni today.
Based on the charge sheets, the four, together with another individual who is still at large, had allegedly caused the deaths of Stanley Chew Kok Kin, 24, and Soo Yao Long, 26.
The offences were allegedly committed at a house in Taman Paya Rumput Perdana between July 7 and 10 of this year.
Both the charges were framed under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries a death sentence or maximum prison term of 40 years and not less than 12 strokes of cane, upon conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Ehsan Nasarudin prosecuted while all four of the accused were represented by counsel Nahdan Rengganathan Abdullah.
The court fixed Sept 12 for the next mention date and for the submission of forensic and chemistry reports.
Murder cases are under the High Court’s jurisdiction.
On July 10, media reported that a 35-year-old lorry driver made a gruesome discovery of the two bodies wrapped in canvas sheets at Kampung Ujong Padang in Cheng here.
The bodies of the two men were believed to have been dumped at the scene two to three days earlier.
The discovery was made at 9am under piles of rubbish and one of the bodies was clad in jeans and a T-shirt while the other was dressed only in denim shorts.