Published: Monday February 18, 2013 MYT 9:52:00 PM
Three men acquitted of murdering clerk in Kedah
By EMBUN MAJID
ALOR SETAR: The High Court here has acquitted three men over the murder of a clerk from Taman Teratai here two years ago.
Ong Keow Min, 34, Lai Kim Seng, 36, and Lim Inn Hwa, 25, all from here, were acquitted without their defence being called at the end of the prosecution case on Monday.
Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab found that the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case against the accused. Ong, Lai and Lim were charged with murdering Low Choon Aik, 26, at a coffee shop in Lorong Ros, Jalan Kota Tanah here at about 9pm on May 11, 2011.
They were charged with committing the offence under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death penalty.
Mohd Zaki said the court found that there was no evidence to show that the three men were involved in the act.
One of the prosecution witnesses who testified that he saw the incident, had failed to identify the perpetrators and the victim. “There is no statement to link the men to the act,” he said.
Defence counsels R.S.N. Rayer and Jamil Mohamed Shafie represented Ong, while Lai was represented by counsel Ai Cha Ran and Lim by Burhanudeen Abdul Wahid.
DPP Norshuhada Mohd Yatim prosecuted.
It was earlier reported that Low's body was found floating in a river with his feet bound and a rope around his neck at about 11am on May 14, 2011.