Court jails man for death of wife during quarrel

KOTA KINABALU: A man was sentenced by the Tawau High Court to 14 years behind bars after being found guilty of stabbing his wife to death six years ago over allegations of an affair.

Justice Datuk Dr Lim Hock Leng meted out the sentence against Jakaria Abu Bakar for unintentionally killing his wife Norminah Bollok.

The 56-year-old man was accused of stabbing his wife after a quarrel due to his suspicion that she was having an extramarital affair with another man.

He had committed the act at a house at Kampung Pinggir Bakau in the east coast Semporna district at about 4am on Jan 22, 2017.

In meting out the sentence, Justice Lim said the decision was made after taking into account the facts of the case and public interest.

The court ordered for Jakaria to serve his custodial sentence from the date of his arrest on Feb 4, 2019.

The man was initially charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder which provides for the death sentence on conviction.

The charge was later changed to Section 304(a) of the same law for causing death by negligence, which provides for a maximum jail term of 30 years and a fine.

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