GEORGETOWN – An unemployed man was sentenced to death by hanging by the High Court here today after he was found guilty of murdering his wife by setting her on fire three years ago.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan handed down the sentence after finding that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution at the end of the defence case.
Chiam Nguang Huat, 42, was charged with murdering Lai Siew Fong at their house in Taman Bayu Mutiara, Seberang Perai Tengah here at 4 pm on Jun 24, 2013.
The charge, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
In his decision, Nordin said the act by the accused in purchasing petrol clearly showed his intention to kill the victim.
He said there were also contradictions in the testimony between the accused and his children (first and second prosecution witness).
The children, in their testimony, said they saw Chiam splashing the petrol on the victim and then throw a cigarette butt on the floor which then lit the deceased, he added.
Nordin said Chiam, in his testimony, said the victim had challenged him if he wanted to burn her using the petrol, which made them fight and a struggle broke out, following which the petrol spilled on them.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Amir Hamdzah Othman, while Chiam was represented by lawyer Y.Anbanathan. – BERNAMA