High Court hands down death sentence to man for murder

Audrey Dermawan

GEORGE TOWN: An unemployed man was sentenced to death by the High Court here today after he was found guilty of murdering a man at a coffee shop, here, two years ago.

Judicial Commissioner Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh ordered Lim Hup Yap, 44, to be hanged, after ruling that the defence failed to raise reasonable doubt in the case.

He said the accused had failed to prove that he was insane at the time of the incident.

“Also, the accused knew his action then was wrong,” he said before handing down the sentence.

Lim was found guilty of murdering Lim Cheong Wah, who was stabbed to death, in front of the Mei Heung coffee shop at Gat Lebuh Macallum here between 6.30pm and 7pm on April 5, 2016.

He was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Khalid Abdul Karim prosecuted while Lim was represented by counsel, Harpal Singh.

It was reported that Cheong Wah, then 58, was stabbed in the back at the coffee shop by an unknown man.

He was rushed to the Penang Hospital with the knife still stuck in his back but succumbed to the injury. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd