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KULAI – Two men were charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today in connection with the death of their friend who was murdered two months ago.

Hon Lih Ting, 32, and Cheng Pei Hua, 33, nodded after the charge was read out before Magistrate Ahmad Farid Ahmad Kama, but no plea was recorded.

Hon and Cheng were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code with the murder of Lam Kok Poh, 28, an offence which provides the death sentence, if found guilty.

They were alleged to have committed the offence between midnight and 2 am last July 16 at Jalan Berturap Kampung Melayu, Jalan Besar Kulai-Simpang Renggam, Bukit Batu near here.

The court set Oct 16 for mention.

The prosecution was conducted by prosecuting officer Insp Mohamad Ruslan Mohamed, while lawyers Muhammad Abd Kadri and Yap Che Kai represented the accused. – BERNAMA

BANGKOK – A Pakistani national is believed to have slipped into Malaysia following the murder of his Thai wife whose body was found at the couple’s rented house in Nongchok District here yesterday.

Two schoolgoing children of Nappasorn Pathan, 39, found her body at the house when they returned from school.

According to the police, the children are from the deceased’s previous marriage.

Nongchok police chief Colonel Pornthep Sutipanya said the police had sought the help of their Malaysian counterparts in tracking down the murder suspect.

He said initial investigations revealed the Pakistani national had left the rented house in Nongchok district about 3pm (local time) yesterday for the Dong Mueang Airport to take a flight to Hatyai.

From there, the man was suspected to have slipped into Malaysia, he added.

“We have written a letter to the Hatyai immigration police seeking their help in tracking down the man,” he told Bernama here today.

Pornthep said neighbours heard the couple having heated and noisy arguments for three consecutive days before Nappasorn’s body was found.

Meanwhile, the Thai police want to contact Mien Wakas Ahmad, 27, to facilitate investigations into the murder.

Anyone knowing his whereabouts is requested to contact the nearest police station.   – BERNAMA

 

A DOCUMENTARY about the mysterious killing of a beloved young Catholic nun half a century ago is the latest smash hit on Netflix, highlighting the popularity of true crime stories in America these days.

The series called The Keepers, which began last month, is a suspenseful examination of the crime committed in 1969. People with information about the case are now either deceased or elderly.

The nun, a cheerful, buoyant woman known as Sister Cathy, was 26 when she died. She was a teacher at the all-girls’ Archbishop Keough High School, and her students were crazy about her.

But there was apparently a dark side of the school, overseen by the Baltimore archdiocese. The school chaplain, Father Joseph Maskell, was allegedly a dangerous pedophile who exerted psychological domination over his victims.

Maskell, who was also a police chaplain, denied any wrongdoing. He died in 2001 and was never charged.

The makers of “The Keepers” follow the dogged work of two women in their 60s, Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, students of Sister Cathy (whose last name was Cesnik), who created a Facebook page to try to learn the truth about the death of their teacher.

The retired women effectively become detectives, digging back into decades’ worth of files and creating an online posse of sleuths.

Breaking the silence

The pair uncover stunning information, which is revealed over the course of the series’ seven episodes.

Dozens of former students at the high school came forward to break decades of silence and talk about how they were sexually abused by Father Maskell.

The hypothesis of the series is that Sister Cathy was killed by the priest as she was about to reveal his crimes.

The success of the series illustrates Americans’ fascination with so-called cold cases – unresolved cases that are technically open but all but dead.

Two similar documentaries have recently made real-life impacts. A man named Adnan Syed, convicted of killing his girlfriend, may get a new trial thanks to the hit podcast “Serial.”

And a man imprisoned for life as a minor may be freed because of documentary TV series Making a Murderer.

The Keepers is also stirring up pressure for justice.

“People are very angry. That’s the emotion I am seeing most that comes out of it. People are frustrated,” said Ryan White, the director of the series. “They want something to be done about it.”

The church strikes back

Over the course of the work by White’s team, which lasted three years, two major institutions in Baltimore – a port city with many Catholics – were heavily criticized for their handling of the case: the police and the Catholic Church.

They have now hit back.

Accused of ignoring Father Maskell’s victims, the archbishop of Baltimore published online a series of questions about the case and the church’s response to them. This approach, too, has been criticized.

“I am someone now who is very protective of Maskell’s survivors, because I spent the last three years listening to them and I am indebted to them because their stories comprise ‘The Keepers,” said White.

“And to watch the Catholic Church come out in attack mode, questioning the integrity of them and the documentary, I call this sickening.”

Church officials insist they did not learn of accusations against the priest until 1992 and accuse The Keepers of misrepresenting the role of the church in the case.

“At no point do we suggest that Maskell was not guilty, or that the victims aren’t telling the truth. We believe that to be the case,” said Sean Caine, a spokesman for the Baltimore archdiocese.

As soon as the allegations emerged, Caine said, “we hired a private investigator. We spent hundreds of hours investigating it, interviewing former students, former family numbers, people in the community. No success at all.”

But he acknowledged the church could have done a better job at public relations given the raw emotions raised by the documentary.

Police have reopened the investigation, acutely aware that, with the series’ popularity, they are being closely watched.

Maskell’s remains were exhumed to see if his DNA could be linked to the killing of Sister Cathy.

The results turned up nothing. But the probe has taken on another, larger dimension.

“I think we can still find out the answer and I think Father Maskell engineered this murder,” said White. — AFP

 

ARAU – A Myanmar worker was found stabbed to death during a quarrel with his countryman at their kongsi at the Sungai Durian vegetable farm in Kurung Anai here last night, according to police.

Arau Police chief Supt Nanda Maarof said Myint Naing, 37, was stabbed at about 9.30pm when he declined to move to another kongsi as ordered by his employer, and a fellow worker was angered by his refusal.

“The fellow worker stabbed Myint Naing with a knife and his aggressiveness sent the other eight workers in the kongsi to flee for their lives,” he said to reporters here today.

Nanda said a police team rushed to the kongsi upon being notified of the incident at 10.25pm.

The policemen found the body of Myint Naing lying supine on the ground outside the kongsi, he said, adding that the police were looking for the suspect.

Myint Naing’s body was sent to the Tuanku Fauziah Hospital, he said. — Bernama

ALOR SETAR – A woman and three men were charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today in connection with the death of a man last month.

Farah Waheda Abu Bakar, 21, Mohd Shahrul Ikhwan Shahbani, 20, Hor Yong Wei,19, and Chee Woie Yong,29, nodded after the charge was read out to them before Magistrate Noor Farah Hazwani Osman.

However, no plea was recorded.

The four of them, and five others still at large, were charged with murdering Mohammad Fisol Abu Bakar,31, at Plaza Sentosa, Jalan Putra near here, at 4 pm last May 28.

The charge, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, carries the death sentence, upon conviction.

They were not allowed bail and the court set Sept 25 for mention pending the chemist and post mortem reports.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Rifaie Mohamed Riyaludin prosecuted, while lawyers Pyara Singh and Lim Wei Yong represented Hor and Chee, respectively.

Farah Waheda nd Mohd Shahrul were unrepresented. – BERNAMA

GEORGE TOWN – A teenager accused of murdering T. Nhaveen broke down in tears when he saw his family members sitting in the court’s public gallery.

This prompted his brother to console him from afar through hand gestures, asking him to calm down.

S. Gokulan, 18, who is unemployed, was in the dock of the Sessions Court here yesterday with three other teenagers. They face a joint charge of causing grievous hurt to Nhaveen’s friend, T. Previin, 19, by using a helmet.

All four pleaded not guilty to committing the offence between 11pm and midnight on June 9 near a learning centre in Jalan Kaki Bukit, Bukit Gelugor.

They were charged under Section 326 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 20 years and fine or whipping upon conviction.

The other accused are college student J. Ragesuthen, 18, and two secondary school students aged 16 and 17.

Judge Irwan Suainbon fixed Aug 21 for mention pending the medical and chemist reports.

The four were later taken to a magistrate’s court where they were jointly charged with murdering Nhaveen, 18, at the same time and place.

The offence carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

No bail was offered and no plea recorded. Magistrate Mohamad Amin Shahul Hamid fixed Sept 28 for mention.

All four were unrepresented in both courts. DPP Lim Saw Sim prosecuted in the Sessions Court and DPP Nurul Fatin Hussin at the magistrate’s court.

Both courtrooms were packed with mostly family members of the accused.

Outside the magistrate’s court, a relative claimed that his family had approached several lawyers but none wanted to take up their case because the word “sodomise” had been used in reports about the case.

He also claimed to have received a threatening message from an unknown number and had lodged a police report.

However, George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said police received no such report.

ACP Anuar said an 18-year-old suspect, who was arrested together with the four accused, was released on a bond and would serve as pro­secution witness.

Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainol Samah urged the public not to speculate about the case.

“We have completed our investigations and the prosecution is in progress. Don’t listen to rumours,” he said.

Nhaveen was found unconscious around midnight on June 10 at a field next to Jalan Kaki Bukit in Bukit Gelugor.

He died at the Penang Hospital at 5.31pm on June 15.

It was reported that he suffered internal bleeding in his head and abdomen, was burnt on his back and had signs that a blunt object had been shoved into his anus.

Nhaveen and Previin had gone to a burger stall in Gelugor for a snack and were set upon by a gang of youths, whom Previin identified as their ex-schoolmates.

Nhaveen, who would have turned 18 in December, finished Form Five last year and was going to enrol at a private college this month to pursue his dream of becoming a music composer. – The Star Online

AMPANG – An elderly woman was found dead in her home at Taman Dato Ahmad Razali here.

She was believed to have been robbed and murdered.

Saleha Sheikh Mohamed, 65, was found dead in her second floor home at the Taman Dato Razali flats here at about 6pm on Monday.

According to her daughter-in-law who only wanted to be known as Norizan, a tenant who was living in another room in the house found the victim.

Norizan said that the tenant, a student in his 20s, found the victim lying in front of the bathroom when he returned home.

She added that her mother-in-law lived alone with the tenant and her father-in-law lived in Port Dickson.

It is learnt that the victim was found with her gold necklace and earrings missing,

It is believed that the victim was found with injuries on her ears, indicating that her earrings were snatched off the ears.

It is learnt that a cupboard in her room was also broken into.

Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Hamzah Alias said that police were alerted of the incident at 7.18pm by ambulance personnel from Ampang Hospital.

He said that the house was locked there were no signs of forced entry into the home.

ACP Hamzah said that there were no serious external injuries on the victim.

He added that the case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder while the body of the victim was sent to Ampang Hospital for post-mortem. – The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN – A 56-year-old man has been remanded for five days to assist in the investigation of an attempted murder of a Hindu temple priest.

He was the seventh suspect nabbed for alleged involvement in a shooting outside the temple priest’s house in Air Itam on April 21.

George Town OCPD Senior Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the man was picked up around 7pm on Wednesday from a house in Air Itam.

The man was brought to a magistrate’s court at noon yesterday and Assistant Registrar Muna Maria Azmi granted the five-day remand.

His lawyer Dr N. Ahilan said the police requested for a seven-day remand but he objected. “We then settled for five days,” he said.

The man is being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder, which carries a jail term of up to 20 years upon conviction.

It was reported that the 50-year-old Hindu priest survived a close-range shooting outside his house in Jalan Satu when he was watering the plants.

He claimed a man on a motorcycle rode by and started shooting. He ducked and ran inside the house for cover.

Police picked up six suspects, aged between 14 and 55, for questioning soon after the shooting. – The Star Online

SIBU – The police have detained 12 men linked to the murder of a businessman early Thursday in Jalan Wong King Huo here.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Mazlan Mansor said the suspects included two people who were previously remanded for five days in connection with the killing of businessman Clement Tan Teck Howe, 29.

He said the suspects were in their 20s and the police were trying to track down several individuals who were still at large.

In the incident, Tan who was having a drink with his friends about 1am at a coffeeshop in Jalan Wong King Huo was confronted by two men before a quarrel ensued.

This eventually led to a brawl which saw the victim beaten up until he lost consciousness and was sent to the hospital before he died at 5.22am.

— BERNAMA

JEMPOL – An elderly woman, believed to have been a victim of robbery, was found slashed to death at her house in Kampung Baru Rompin here yesterday.

Joriah Ahmad, 65, who sustained a slash wound in the neck was sprawled in a pool of blood at the living room when two siblings who were the victim’s neighbours entered the main door which was ajar to return an umbrella they had borrowed.

Jempol police chief, Supt Noorzainy Mohd Noor said following the gruesome discovery about 5pm, the police detained a 37-year-old man, believed to be Joriah’s relative to facilitate investigations into the murder.

He said the man was picked up about three hours after the killing of the woman who had lived alone at the house.

“The siblings alerted the neighbours over the killing and the police were alerted,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

Noorzainy said initial investigations revealed the woman sustained a 16cm long slash wound on the neck, adding that a television set and jewellery belonging to the victim were missing.

— BERNAMA