The perpetrator of a highly publicised case recently involving the death of Thava Sagayam, a security guard, was charged at the Ipoh Sessions/Magistrate Court today (September 9).
The accused, 33-year-old Ahmad Noor Azhar Muhammad was charged with allegedly murdering Thava at Level 7 of the Majestic Tower along Jalan CM Yusuff in Ipoh, between 8am to 9.30am on December 29 last year.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Azalina Rashdi requested for discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) for the initial charge under Section 335 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt on grave and sudden provocation.
In turn, she requested for the court to withdraw the initial charge and for the accused to be charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, in which he will be subject to a mandatory death sentence, if convicted.
No plea was recorded from the accused when the charge was read in front of Magistrate Noor Azreen Liana Mohd Darus.
The accused was represented by lawyer Ariff Azami Hussein.
Also present during the proceedings were the widow of the late Thaya, 59-year-old E. Philomena, accompanied by the brief witness lawyer, M. Kulasegaran.
“We’re satisfied that the accused had been charged for murder.
“Let the due process of the law take place and we will assist the widow in any way possible.
“Thava’s death was an unfortunate loss. He met his end for no valid reasons and thus, justice must be served,” Kula, who’s also the member of parliament (MP) for Ipoh Barat, expressed.
The case was fixed for re-mention on October 18 this year.
Meanwhile, in an earlier statement dated today by state police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Malaysia had also agreed to reclassify the case from Section 335 of the Penal Code to Section 302 of the same Code.