Jobless man charged with butchering woman

Jobless man charged with butchering woman
Alleged killer: Abd Khalid being led away after he was charged in Bukit Mertajam.

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia - An unemployed man, who allegedly cut a woman into pieces and set the body parts on fire, has been charged in court and faces the death penalty if convicted.

Abd Khalid Md Isa, 43, who is believed to be the victim’s boyfriend, is accused of murdering Rohani Hashim, 30, whose remains were found in Juru, Penang, on Oct 1.

He allegedly committed the offence at a house in Jalan Pengkalan Datok Keramat in Bukit Tengah here between 4pm on Sept 29 and 6pm the next day.

It is believed Rohani had wanted to end her relationship with the accused.

No plea was recorded from the accused. The offence under Section 302 of the Penal Code is non-bailable.

It was reported that police believed the accused murdered Rohani and set her body on fire in an attempt to conceal the crime.

The gruesome find was made by a villager and the suspect was arrested in Bandar Baru, Kedah, the same day after police received a tip-off.

Sessions Court judge Musyiri Peet fixed Dec 15 for mention. DPP Lim Saw Sim prosecuted the case while Abd Khalid was unrepresented.

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