JOHOR BARU: A 34-year old company manager and his girlfriend were sentenced to death by the Johor Baru High Court today for the murder of his three-year-old son three years ago.
Mohd Imran Mohd Ramly and Norhidayah Mamid, 31, were found guilty for the murder of Muhammad Aqeef Adam Mohd Imran at an apartment in 2013, in a case which had elements of abuse.
Judicial Commissioner Collin Lawrence Sequerah said he found that the defence team had failed to raise any reasonable doubt against Imran and Norhidayah's abusive acts that led to the child's death.
"I find there was common intention from both the accused to inflict the injuries to the victim.
"Based on these evidence from witnesses, I find both the accused guilty of the offence and I sentence them both to death through hanging," he said.
Imran and Norhidayah were charged with Aqeef's murder that took place in an apartment in Bandar Putra, Kulai between midnight on Dec 16, 2013 and 6.45pm on Dec 19, 2013.
The trial began at the Johor Baru High Court in January last year. Thirteen prosecution witnesses were called in, while the defence team called in four witnesses including Imran and Norhidayah.
After the court made its decision, both Norhidayah and Imran were seen in tears. Imran later shook hands with a man believed to be his relative who was seated in the public gallery before they were escorted out of the court room.
State deputy public prosecutor Nor Iffa Zarilah Abdul Rahman prosecuted.
Norhidayah was represented by counsel Shahrudin Osman while Imran was represented by counsel Normah Mohd Desa, who was not present in today's court proceedings.