Five individuals linked to murder and kidnapping were charged at the Ipoh Sessions/Magistrate Court today (June 11), in front of Magistrate Nur Melati Diana Abd Wahab.
The accused, Jeyenthiran Suppiah, 34; Simeon Sootian, 31; Basharuddin Hammersla, 26; Selvamani Thangaraja, 40; and Thiruganesh Veerasinghan, 36, as well as two more individuals on the loose, were charged with murdering Preshna Amasi who was 40.
They allegedly committed the offence at Jalan Che Puteh in Ipoh between 7.30am to 5.30pm on May 23 earlier this year.
According to charge sheets, the first four accused were also charged with kidnapping the said murder victim at an abandoned building in Taman Jubilee beforehand.
They allegedly committed the kidnapping at around 7.30am on the same date.
Murder is an offence under Section 302 of the Penal Code, while kidnapping is under Section 364 of the same Code. Both were read alongside Section 34 of the Penal Code.
If found guilty, all of the accused will be subject to a mandatory death sentence by hanging for murder.
For kidnapping, punishment entails a death sentence or imprisonment of up to 30 years and whipping.
The first and fourth accused were represented by lawyer Nahtan Krishnan, and the remaining three by lawyer Charan Singh.
The session was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor K. Darinee.
The court fixed the case for re-mention on August 4.
In a related development, Ipoh District Police Headquarters (IPD) chief Assistant Commissioner A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz requested for the public’s assistance in tracking down the two remaining suspects on the loose.
“Anyone who recognizes both suspects or has information of their whereabouts may contact 019 500 0739 or 05 245 1592,” he said.
Click here for more information on the suspects on the loose.
For further reading, refer to this article by Ipoh Echo.