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Former convicts jailed for life for armed robbery
Posted by NewsBot on 30/01/2010 1:06:34 p.m. Reply to this post

The High Court here sentenced two men to life imprisonment and ordered them to be given six strokes of the rotan after finding them guilty of using a firearm in a robbery in 2004.

Cheah Phee Shing, 47, and Kek Boon Leong, 35, had faced a charge under Section 3 of the Firearms Act for killing a policeman, and another under Section 5 of the same Act for using a firearm in a robbery.

Justice Datuk Lau Been Lan, in her decision yesterday, said the court found both accused not guilty of the charge under Section 3, but guilty of the charge under Section 5 of the Firearms Act.

She said the court had no choice but to sentence Cheah and Kek to life imprisonment and ordered that they be given six strokes of the rotan each.

In mitigation, counsel Gobind Singh Deo, who represented Cheah, and G.F. Nelson, for Kek, pleaded with the court to not impose more than the minimum six strokes of the rotan mandated by law, besides life imprisonment.

Deputy public prosecutor Omar Saifuddin Jaafar, however, asked the court to impose more than the minimum specified, saying that the two accused had committed a serious crime.

After sentence was passed, Gobind Singh and Nelson submitted requests for a stay of execution pending an appeal.

The prosecution also submitted a request to appeal against the acquittal of the two men under Section 3 of the Firearms Act.

The two men, both former convicts, were arrested in connection with a robbery at a house at Taman Maharani in Muar in 2004 in which Kpl Manja Manaf was shot dead and L/Kpl Mohd Razali Abu Bakar injured.

The two were arrested by special action unit members at two separate places in Batu Pahat several days after the incident.

Police seized two pistols and several bullets.

One of the guns was believed to have been used in the shooting.

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