IPOH: An armed forces personnel with the rank of sergeant was among eight Orang Asli men charged in the sessions court here today with causing the death of a man six years ago.
All the accused, Sergeant Hanny A/L Itam, 34; Norazizan A/L Awang, 34; Lemay Uda Jamil, 34, Laies A/L PA Engah, 36; Ramlan A/L Dollah, 24; Jassiva A/L Pandak, 29; Azwan A/K Alim, 28, and Irwan A/L Ngah, 27, pleaded not guilty after their charges were read by an interpreter before Judge Datuk Julie Lack Abdullah.
All of them were jointly charged with causing the death of Mohd Azrin Mohd Arif, 36, in Kampung Chenderung Kelubi, Tanjung Tualang, between 12am and 3am on April 5 2013.
The offence was charged under Section 304 (a) of the Penal Code and the accused face a maximum jail term of 30 years and fine if found guilty.
The court did not offer any bail for the accused and set mention on March 11.
Prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Naidatul Athirah Azman while all the accused were not represented.
The media had earlier reported Central Perak police chief Supt Mohamad Zainal Abdullah as saying the body of Mohd Azrin was found floating in a mining site by a member of the public in the village on April 6 2013.
He said seven suspects were arrested between Jan 29 and Feb 2 around Kampung Gajah and Tanjung Tualang while the sergeant was detained in the compound of Arau police headquarters in Perlis at 5.30 pm on Feb 4.
The report also mentioned that on April 9 2013, the parents of Mohd Azrin carried out an identification at Changkat Melintang Hospital and confirmed the body was their son. — Bernama