Duo claim trial to gun charge

SIBU: The two men who were arrested in connection with shootings at two premier shopping centres here on Jan 30 pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court with possessing a homemade shotgun.

Ngu Teck Hing, 23, and Banta Kong, 19, were yesterday charged under Section 8 of the Firearms Act 1971, which carries a jail sentence of up to 14 years and six strokes of the rotan if convicted.

The offence was committed between Jan 30 and Feb 2 at a house in Jalan Engkala.

At the mention of the case, Kong had earlier pleaded guilty but decided to change it to not guilty after the penalty for the offence was read to him by the court interpreter.

The charge is not bailable and Judge Caroline Bee Majanil ordered them to appear in court again on Feb 25 for further mention.

Four others, namely Iun Chung Kwong, Iun Chung Kiet, Iun Chung Peng and Alvin Lee Wen Pin, were later released on bail by the Surbordinate Court.

They are to act as prosecution witnesses for the case.

Two others, Law King Tee and Yun Chung Tai, were released unconditionally.

In the two shooting incidents on Jan 30, bullet holes were found on the front glass panels of the 28-­storey Wisma Sanyan and Sarawak House Shopping Complex.

Ngu and four others were arrested by the police the next day at a house in Jalan Engkala, while Kong was detained on Feb 2 at a house in Jalan Kapor.

The other two who were released by the court were nabbed on the same day at Jalan Wawasan and Jalan Tiong Hua.