Seven farm workers charged with murder of chilli farm co-worker

ADIB POVERA

Seven farm workers charged with murder of chilli farm co-worker


SARIKEI: Seven farm workers were charged at the Sessions Court here today with the murder of their colleague, whose body was found at an oil palm plantation near here last month.

The accused, aged between 27 and 38, were identified as Udi Ambo, Benid Igat, Ngumbang Abang, Madi Nawong, Narawie Manggie, Ali Jon and Enggie Budop.

They were jointly charged with murdering 52-year-old Jampong Jon at a chilli farm in Ulu Sungai Enseluai, Sare between 12.30am and 3.30am on Mar 19.

All of the accused appeared calm when the court interpreter read out the charge against them under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

No plea was recorded.

Judge Maris Agan fixed May 4 for mention.

Inspector G. Anbarasu prosecuted, while all of the accused were unrepresented.

It was reported that Jampong’s body was found by the plantation owner and a worker. His right ankle was severed. They then informed the police of their gruesome discovery.

Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Dev Kumar had said the police also found a parang next to the victim’s body.

The victim was believed to have been murdered at the chilli farm before his body was dumped at the oil palm plantation located, which is next to the farm.