IPOH: A former Immigration Department officer was sentenced to 10 years’ jail by the High Court here for manslaughter two years ago.
Judicial Commissioner Noorin Badaruddin handed down the sentence after Mohammad Khairul Anuar Najhib, 31, pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of committing culpable homicide not amounting to murder of his grandmother.
Noorin said while the court took into account the victim impact statement — that the family members had forgiven the accused — the court also had to consider public interest.
“You have committed a serious offence which costs the lives of a loved one. The depression you suffered, while in the process of divorce, should not be used as an excuse.
“The court is of the view that a deterrent sentence is needed.
“You need to be given time to re-think your action, undergo the rehabilitation process before you are deemed fit to return to society,” she added.
Khairul Anuar had initially claimed trial to murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
However, when his case was brought up in court today, he was offered the alternative charge of manslaughter by the prosecution under Section 304 (a) of the Penal Code which carries a maximum 30 years’ jail and also liable to fine.
He subsequently pleaded guilty to the alternative charge of causing the death of Norsiah Marshidi, 77, in Kampung Baru, Gunung Rapat here at 5.30pm on Oct 25, 2013.
Khairul Anuar was represented by Ranjit Singh while Deputy Public Prosecutor Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong prosecuted.-NST