Published: Wednesday January 9, 2013 MYT 8:47:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday January 9, 2013 MYT 8:51:36 PM
Tyre repairman gets 10 years for causing death of Bangladeshi factory worker
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
SHAH ALAM: A 28-year-old tyre repairman was sentenced to 10 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of a Bangladeshi factory operator.
Wan Mohd Fauzan Wan Lateh was in tears and hugged his mother after he was sentenced by Sessions judge Slamat Yahya here Wednesday.
The accused, who was charged together with another man T. Uthayan, admitted to causing the death of 25-year-old Md Shiblu Sheikh, at No. 36, Jalan Utas A, 15/A in Seksyen 15 here at 8.40pm on Oct 25, last year.
Uthayan, 22, pleaded not guilty to the same charge. His case is set for mention on Feb 6.
According to the statement of facts, the accused came back from work and drank alcohol with Uthayan and two other men at a shop.
After drinking, they went back to their hostels on motorcycles and got into a heated exchange with two Bangladeshis. The accused then punched one of the foreigners.
When more Bangladeshis came out of their hostel rooms with long sticks, Uthayan went to his room and brought down a 93-cm long machete that he passed to the accused.
The accused swung the machete when the Bangladeshis attacked him. He later realised that the victim had fallen to the ground with his head bleeding.
Md Shiblu Sheikh died from the head injury on Nov 2.
The accused, who was unrepresented, asked the court for a lenient punishment.
Deputy public prosecutor Siti Syakimah Ibrahim said the court must not consider the guilty plea as a mitigating factor due to the severity of the crime.
"The victim is a legal immigrant who came into this country for a better future. Because of the accused's action, a life is lost," she said.