PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court here today upheld theÂ conviction and death sentence of three men, including a former Institut
Kemahiran Bina Negara (IKN) student, for the murder of Universiti Teknologi MaraÂ (UiTM) lecturer Bakarudin Busu 13 years ago.
A five-member bench led by Federal Court judge Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop hadÂ unanimously dismissed the final appeal of former sales executive SulkarnainÂ Alias, former forklift driver Noorman Ab. Wahab and Azizul Azual Jailani.
In his decision, Justice Ahmad said the High Court judge was right inÂ finding the three of them guilty for the murder of the 35-year-old sports
He said the Court of Appeal had already considered the issues raised by theÂ appellants and had agreed with the findings made by the High Court.
Therefore, he said there was no merit in the arguments raised by theÂ counsels for the appellants in the Federal Court.
Sulkarnain, 37, Noorman, 36, and Azizul, 31, were found guilty and sentencedÂ to death by the High Court in Shah Alam in 2009 for killing Bakarudin at JalanÂ SS19/6, Subang Jaya, at 9.30pm on Feb 12, 2002. Azizul was 18 years of age atÂ the time of the incident.
Bakarudin’s semi-charred remains were found in a drain in Subang Jaya.
Evidence revealed that he was kicked, punched and slashed to death before hisÂ body was torched that night.
Initially, there were four persons charged for the murder, but the HighÂ Court, in 2007, acquitted the fourth accused, also former IKN student MuhamadÂ Zakwan Ahmad Zaki, 29, without calling him to enter his defence. The prosecutionÂ had appealed against his acquittal but could not serve the notice on him.
Sulkarnain’s former girlfriend and a former UiTM student, Siti Rahmah AzmanÂ Subramaniam, 35, was also charged with murdering Bakarudin, but was given aÂ discharge not amounting to an acquittal in 2003 after the prosecution offeredÂ her to be its witness.
The incident happened after Sulkarnain found out that the deceased had beenÂ calling his then girlfriend who was expelled from UiTM, asking her to spend aÂ night with him in return for helping her in her appeal to be reinstated.
Sulkarnain was represented by counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, Noorman by K.Â Viknesvaran and Azizul by Haniff Khatri Abdulla, while deputy public prosecutorÂ Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abdul Rahman appeared for the prosecution. —BERNAMA