JOHOR BARU - A man and his girlfriend were sentenced to death by the High Court here after they were found guilty for the murder of his three-year-old son four years ago.
Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah meted out the sentence on Mohd Imran Mohd Ramly, 34 and Norhidayah Mamid, 30, after the prosecution successfully proved its case.
Norhidayah, who is engaged to another man, was seen crying and sobbing after the sentence was handed down by the judge.
According to the charge sheet, the duo were charged with murdering Muhammad Aqeef Adam Mohd Imran at an apartment in Bandar Putra, Kulai between midnight on Dec 16 and 6.45pm on Dec 19, 2013.
They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
Sequerah made the judgement after ruling that the defence failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.
He said this was not a straight forward case, adding that although no witnesses saw the actual crime committed by both accused, the sentence was made based on circumstantial evidence.
"Following the post-mortem result, the deceased showed consistent bruises, multiple injuries all over his body and blunt force trauma that resulted in his death," he added.
Deputy public prosecutor Nor Iffa Zarilla Abd Rahman appeared for the prosecution while lawyers Shahruddin Osman and Normah Mohd Desa acted for Norhidayah and Mohd Imran respectively.