Charity founder's widow tells of trauma of seeing hubby killed

Charity founder's widow tells of trauma of seeing hubby killed
Police investigating the shooting of Hussain Ahmad Najadi. Chew was testifying in the trial of Koong who is charged with murdering Hussain Ahmad Najadi.

KUALA LUMPUR - She was traumatised emotionally and physically after her husband Hussain Ahmad Najadi was shot to death right before her eyes, the court heard.

Widow Cheong Mei Kuen, who was wounded during the cold-blooded murder of her husband, revealed this when giving her Victim Impact Statement in the High Court yesterday.

"Two innocent lives were affected - my husband was taken in broad daylight and I was nearly killed. I lost a dear husband who loved me very much," she said.

Cheong, 49, said she also suffered severe injuries, including loss of capabilities and mobility of movement, weakened vision and haemorrhagic shock as a result of the cruel act.

"My husband was a gentle and humble person and one of his wishes was to set up the Hussain Najadi Foundation for the education of poor children and orphans," she told the court.

On the same day, tow truck driver Koong Swee Kwan (pic), 45, was sentenced to death for the murder of 75-year-old Hussain at the Kuan Yin temple in Lorong Ceylon between 1.30pm and 2pm on July 29, 2013, under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

Hussain was the founder of Arab-Malaysian Development Bank.

High Court judge Justice Mohd Azman Husin also jailed Koong for 18 years, from the day he was detained on Sept 23, for attempting to murder Cheong, under Section 307 of the Act.

"The prosecution has proved a case beyond reasonable doubt," he said when delivering his verdict.

Koong displayed no emotion while several family members present appeared calm.

In mitigation, counsel Naizatul Zamrina Karizaman said her client, who was married with no children, was a Year Three dropout and first-time offender.

Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin prosecuted.

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