SHAH ALAM - A wireman who murdered a computer engineer in a housebreaking incident was sentenced to death after the High Court accepted his accomplice's evidence as credible.
Mohd Naim Ramli, 27, was ordered to be hanged after Justice Abdul Halim Aman ruled that his defence was a mere denial.
"The defence has failed to raise any reasonable doubt (in the prosecution's case)," said Justice Abdul Halim.
The court, he said, accepted as true the evidence given by the accused's accomplice, unemployed Abdul Hazim Fazalul Rahman, an important witness who later became a prosecution witness.
"He gave clear evidence and told the court about his role.
"He did not create stories or try to hide facts. He is a credible and trustworthy witness and his evidence was supported by other witnesses," said Justice Abdul Halim in his judgment.
Mohd Naim was charged with murdering Loh Min Lee at his home in Jalan Putra Perdana, Puchong, at 4.15am on Dec 7, 2012.
Justice Abdul Halim also said that evidence from assistant crime registrar Puwira Jaya Othman had confirmed that the wireman's fingerprints were found on an iPod and the grilles at the victim's house.
"You are convicted of the murder and I order you to be hanged to death," he told the accused.
Mohd Naim and Abdul Hazim were charged at the Sepang magistrate's court in December 2012 with Loh's murder.
The prosecution later withdrew the charge against Abdul Hazim in order for him to be their witness.
Pathologist Dr Zuraida Md Zainur had confirmed that the 36-year-old engineer suffered grievous injuries to the head after being hit by a blunt object.
Loh's mother found the pyjama-clad body of her son lying on a blood-soaked mattress in a room of the house six days after the break-in.