Businessman ordered to enter defence over killing of woman jogger

Shahril Jaafar, who was accused of kidnapping, raping and killing Miss Chee Gaik Yap in 2006.

ALOR SETAR - The High Court here has fixed Dec 28 to 31 for the continued trial of a Datuk's son who was ordered by the Court of Appeal to enter his defence for the murder of a woman jogger eight years ago.

Businessman Shahril Jaafar, 33, is charged with murdering marketing executive and Universiti Utara Malaysia graduate Chee Gaik Yap, 25, between 5.30pm on Jan 14, 2006, and 3.05am the following day near the Cinta Sayang Club in Taman Ria Jaya, Sungai Petani.

Chee was raped and her body dumped at the housing estate after being abducted while she was jogging in the neighbourhood.

On June 25 last year, the High Court here acquitted and discharged Shahril of murdering Chee after finding that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case.

The appellate court in Putrajaya on Oct 13 set aside Shahril's acquittal.

He was taken to the High Court here for the mention of his case yesterday.

The victim's father Chee Ah Sau, 57, accompanied by relatives and close friends, said he would continue to stay strong to face any outcome.

"I hope justice will be on our side this time," he said.

Shahril and his family were all smiles in the packed courtroom.

Shahril, who was also seen with a woman, explained to pressmen later that they got married in January and were expecting their first child.

His counsel Shamsul Sulaiman sought the court to fix the trial date after Shahril's wife's due date in mid-December.

He also requested that Shahril be transferred from the Alor Setar Prison to the Sungai Buloh Prison to enable his wife to visit him, but Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab turned down the request, saying that a woman in confinement was not supposed to go outdoors.

DPP Kee Wei Lon prosecuted.