JOHOR BARU - The Sessions Court here sentenced a labourer to 15 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to murdering a man who was performing Maghrib prayers in a mosque.
Kurnaedhy Aminudin, 39, who suffered from mental illness and is on medication, killed 41-year-old Ahmad Syukri Abu Bakar in the mosque at Jalan Persiaran Permai in Kempas here at around 7.50pm on March 31.
According to the facts of the case, the victim was in the mosque located not far from the Permai Hospital, when Kurnaedhy, who was an inmate at the hospital, came into the premises and slashed and stabbed Ahmad Syukri with a parang.
Ahmad Syukri tried to run out into an alley near the mosque, but Kurnaedhy chased him. When he caught up with him, he continued to slash and stab him, including in his left eye. Ahmad Syukri died from his injuries.
Kurnaedhy then returned to the mosque, cleaned up and joined the congregation for prayers. When the prayer ended, he walked over to the dining table, ate a piece of jackfruit and placed the murder weapon on the table.
Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of committing culpable homicide not amounting to murder, under Section 304 (a) of the Penal Code. The offence carries a maximum jail sentence of 30 years and a fine upon conviction.
Sessions Judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin sentenced Kurnaedhy to the jail term from the date of his arrest.