Published: Friday September 14, 2012 MYT 2:21:00 PM
Teenager to stand trial for murder of four in a family
SIBU: The Magistrate's Court, here, Friday allowed an application by a deputy public prosecutor for a 17-year-old boy to be tried by a High Court on four tentative murder charges and one tentative attempted murder charge of his neighbours.
Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi allowed the application made by DPP Mohd. Azrul Faidz Abdul Razak.
The teenager faces four tentative murder charges under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death sentence and one under Section 307 for attempted murder which provides for a jail term of not more than 20 years, upon conviction.
The first murder charge is for killing 76-year-old grandmother, Leong Nyuk Lan, using a hammer between 6am and 7.30am on Jan 3, this year at a house in Lane 13/B1, RTM Road, here.
The second charge is for killing Leong's son, Ling Tong Hock, 36, a businessman, at the same place and time and using the same weapon.
The teenager faces two other charges for killing Ling's 10-year-old son, David Ling Chei Qi and seven-year-old daughter, Amy Ling Zi Jiun at the same place and time and using the same weapon.
The fifth charge, under Section 307 of the Penal Code, is for the attempted murder of Ling's second son, eight-year-old Kevin Ling Chei You, who was seriously injured in the attack but managed to survive.
The businessman's Chinese national wife Li Xiao Lan, 28, managed to escape by climbing out a bedroom window on the first floor to a neighbour's house.
The teenager, who worked as a lorry attendant was arrested on Jan 5 together with his 44-year-old mother.
The local police were assisted in their probe by a six-member forensic team from the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters led by ACP Liaw Kam Soon.
The teenager, who was later sent for a month of observation at a mental hospital in Kuching as part of the investigation, is the victims' neighbour.