Court of Appeal upholds conviction of accused in Najadi murder case

PUTRAJAYA: An appeal by a tow truck driver who was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering AmBank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi has been dismissed.

Court of Appeal judge Justice Mohtarudin Baki, who chaired a three man panel on Wednesday, upheld the High Court's decision after rejecting Koong Swee Kwan's application on the grounds that the conviction was safe.

"There is no merit in the application and the appeal is dismissed," Justice Mohtarudin said in a unanimous decision.

Other judges on the panel were Justices Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Kamardin Hashim.

On Sept 5, last year, High Court judge Justice Mohd Azman Husin sentenced Koong to death for killing Hussain, 75.

Justice Mohd Azman also sentenced Koong to 18 years' jail for attempting to murder the founder's wife Cheong Mei Kuen. Koong is accused of having committed the offence ‎at Kuan Yin temple in Jalan Ceylon here between 1.30pm and 2pm on July 29, 2013.

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