IPOH - A boy who was charged with murdering his father in 2012 has been acquitted and discharged after the deputy public prosecutor failed to prove a prima facie case against him.
Ipoh High Court judge Judicial Commissioner Noorin Badaruddin said upon considering all facts and statements submitted, the DPP had raised doubt that the 18-year-old killed his father.
"According to the forensics report, there were a set of bloodied footprints leading to the grilled balcony," she said, adding that this possibly indicated the presence of another party during the incident.
The boy, then aged 15, was charged with murdering his father at their home in Taman Bersatu, Simpang Pulai, between 11.30pm on April 30 and 12.30am on May 1.
The boy was alleged to have stabbed his father to death following a heated argument after he was no longer able to to tolerate seeing his mother being beaten up by the 40-year-old man.
He was first charged in May 2012.
The case was initially handled by the late Karpal Singh and was then handed over to lawyer Ranjit Singh.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong prosecuted.