Three men charged with gruesome murder of their friend

ALOR GAJAH: Three men were charged at the Magistrate’s Court with the murder of their friend, whose decomposed body was found in an overgrown field at a plantation in Pulau Sebang.

No pleas were recorded when the charges were read to AA Dinesh, RC Veeraganeish, and V. Sasikumar, all 25, before Magistrate Nurul Bahiyah Kamaluddin here yesterday.

Based on the charge sheet, the trio allegedly caused the death of R. Darvnrajh, 24, by murdering him between 5.24am and 9am along a road near an oil palm plantation in Kemuning, Pulau Sebang, on Sept 10.

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 the cane upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhamad Ehsan Nasarudin appeared for the state, while all three were represented by a counsel who requested anonymity.

The court fixed Oct 27 as the next mention date.

It was earlier reported that a decomposed body was discovered at the site on Sept 16, with Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Zainol Samah saying a post-mortem showed the victim had severe injuries to his head and stab wounds on his body and he could have been killed elsewhere before his body was dumped here.

He said police received a call from about a foul stench from the site before the body was found.

Meanwhile, a former chief executive officer of a Melaka government-linked company claimed trial at the Sessions Court in Ayer Keroh for appointing his daughter as the company’s finance officer.

Amir Ali, 56, denied the charge before Judge Elesabet Paya Wan.

Based on the facts submitted to the court, the accused, who was the CEO of Syarikat Melaka Halal Hub Sdn Bhd at the time of the offence, allegedly abused his position to appoint Nur Hafizah to the post of financial officer W41.

The accused allegedly committed the act at the company premises in Anchor Building, Melaka Halal Hub Industrial Area, Jasin, on April 1, 2021.

The charge was framed under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which is punishable under Section 24 of the same law, which provides for a maximum jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the value of the bribe, or RM10,000, or whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Azrul Zulkifli Stork represented the accused while deputy public prosecutor Mohammad Azriff Firdaus Mohamad Ali prosecuted.

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