Ehailing driver lured out of hotel before being killed in Tawau plantation, says prosecution

The defendants being led into the courtroom in Tawau on Tuesday. - Photo: Bernama

TAWAU: The prosecution in the trial of six policemen and a civilian who are charged with killing an ehailing driver will adduce to show that the murder took place on Jan 13 last year (2023), where the deceased was lured out of a hotel in Tawau and ordered to drive with others in a car to an oil palm plantation where he was killed.

The trial of the six policemen and a civilian who are charged with killing the ehailing driver early last year, along with former Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) Head of Intelligence Staff SAC Datuk Mat Zaki Md Zain, who is accused of abetting, started in the High Court here Tuesday (Jan 2).

In Tuesday's proceedings before High Court Judge Datuk Duncan Sikodol, the prosecution led by Khairul Azreem Mamat called four witnesses, including oil palm plantation worker Kereiun Elbis, who stated that he was the first person to come across the body of ehailing driver Nurman Bakaratu, 61, and a car at the Liew Tet Chung Estate, on the morning of Jan 16, last year.

Kereiun also said he showed Corporal Sharifuddin Yusop the way to the location where the body and vehicle was found.

The second witness, the manager of the estate, Liew Tet Chung told the court that he saw the Myvi car in question from a distance when he was sending his worker Kereiun to fertilise the plantation at around 7.30am, but did not approach it.

After returning to the farm, Liew said he saw a body by the side of the vehicle and called his cousin who then told him to call the police.

He also said a post-mortem on the body of the deceased confirmed that the cause of death was a "sharp force injury to the neck", while stab and incisional wounds were observed.

Policemen Rosdi Rastam, 45; Denis Anit, 45; Fabian Rungam, 44; Khairul Azman Bakar, 47; Mohd Azlan Sakaran, 40; John Kennedy Sanggah, 44; and a civilian Vivien Fabian, 34, are accused of killing Nurman in an oil palm plantation near Jalan Anjur Juara, Jalan Apas Baru 5, Tawau.

They were accused of committing the act between 7.30pm and 11.30pm on Jan 13 last year and were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, read with Section 34 of the same code, which provides for the death penalty if convicted.

Mat Zaki, 59, is facing two charges of conspiring to kill Nurman with the six accused and another with John Kennedy under Section 109 of the Penal Code, which is read with Section 302 of the same code.

The prosecution is led by Khairul Azreem who is assisted by Lina Hanini Ismail, Rohaiza Abdul Rahman, Low Qin Hui and Mohammad Fakhrurrazi Ahmad.

Mat Zaki, Khairul Azman, Mohd Azlan, Vivien and John Kennedy were represented by lawyers Ram Singh and Kamarudin Mohmad Chinki, while Rosdi was represented by lawyers Datuk Ansari Abdullah, Abdul Gani Zalieka and Erveana Ansari Ali.

Dennis was represented by lawyers Hairul Vaiyron Othman and Luke Ressa Balang, while Fabian was represented by lawyers Sharatha Masyaroh John Ridwan Lincon, Zahbia Ophent and Mohamed Zairi Zainal Abidin.

The hearing continues Wednesday (Jan 3). - Bernama

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