GEORGE TOWN - Two of the three brothers charged with murder of their cousin were released by a High Court here after the prosecution withdrew the case against them.
Family members hugged and kissed Muhammad Nasri Ahmad, 28, who is a slow learner, and Muhammad Amirul Ahmad, 21, after Judicial Commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan made the announcement.
"This decision by the prosecution is commendable at this point as they do not want to charge without a strong basis," Nordin said.
However, their brother Muhammad Zaini Ahmad, 25, who walks with a limp, is still charged with the murder of Zamri Yope, 46, in front of his house in Kampung Guar Jering in Bukit Mertajam at 10pm on Dec 29, 2013.
Muhammad Zaini claimed trial to the charge as well as an alternative charge of culpable homicide.
Husin Said, who lives in the same village as the accused and the victim, testified yesterday that he saw Zamri chasing several children in the neighbourhood, and followed them into Muhammad Zaini's house while saying "dah lama aku tak pukul orang" (I have not hit anyone for a long time).
Asked by defence counsel R.S.N. Rayer, Husin said Muhammad Zaini only reached for the hockey stick when he saw his mother being beaten with a cable.