Court of Appeal again rejects convicted murderer Jabing Kho's last-minute bid to escape gallows

Court of Appeal again rejects convicted murderer Jabing Kho's last-minute bid to escape gallows
Jabing Kho (left), a Sarawakian, was one of the two men who bashed to death a Chinese national while robbing him. His mother Madam Lenduk Baling (right) leaving the Supreme Court on April 5.
PHOTO: The Straits Times, Singapore Police Force

SINGAPORE - A five-judge Court of Appeal dismissed on Friday (May 20) a last-minute appeal to stay the execution of convicted murderer Kho Jabing. 

The judges convened overnight, reported The Straits Times, after Jabing's lawyer and opposition politician Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss filed the appeal late last night (May 19). 

Sarawakian Kho Jabing was scheduled to be executed in Singapore today.

An urgent application was filed earlier under the civil route for a declaration of the constitutionality of the law and its problematic application in Jabing's case.

The notice of the appeal was filed by Jabing's lawyer Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss by 11pm last night, said Kirsten Han, the co-founder of Sin­ga­­porean NGO We Believe in Second Chances.

Jabing's mother, Lenduk Ak Baling, 54, said that her son was not a bad person and had regretted his actions deeply. Photo: The Star/ ANN

Another lawyer, Gino Hardial Singh, had filed the application challenging the court judgment on grounds of apparent bias as Court of Appeal judge Andrew Phang had sat on both of Jabing's appeal hearings.

This came as a bid to commute Jabing's death sentence at the Court of Appeal failed last month.

Jabing, 31, from Ulu Baram, Sarawak, was found guilty of killing a Chinese construction worker with a tree branch back in 2008 during a robbery attempt.

He was scheduled to be executed on Nov 6 last year but received a stay the day before, after his lawyer filed a motion raising points of law about the way the case was handled.

The prosecution challenged the decision before the Court of Appeal, which again sentenced Jabing to death in a 3-2 majority decision earlier this year.

Jabing was sentenced to death in 2010 but in August 2013, following revisions to Singapore's mandatory death penalty laws, the High Court sentenced him to life and 24 strokes of the cane instead.

On Oct 19 last year, Singapore President Tony Tan rejected a cle­mency petition before a stay of execution by the Court of Appeal.

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