IPOH, (Sept 29) — The High Court here today sentenced a fisherman to death for discharging a firearm at the police wanting to arrest him with an intention to cause hurt to them eight years ago.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Che Mohd Ruzima Ghazali handed down the sentence on Lim Eng Kiong after finding him guilty of the offence, made under Section 3 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971.
Lim, 49, was also sentenced to life imprisonment for exhibiting a firearm when robbing a motorcycle belonging to one Beng Eng Hock and another seven years’ jail and six strokes of the cane for unlawful possession of a Revolver 38 ‘Cult 5′ Mfg Co Hartford Ct USA.
The charges were made under Section 4 and 8 of the same law, respectively.
All the offences were committed at Kampung Baru Kuala Sepetang, Taiping near here, between 10 pm and 10.45 pm on Jan 12, 2006.
The court also sentenced Lim to five years’ jail for unlawful possession of seven rounds of live ammunition, comprising four Faderal 38 SP, two Faderal 38 Special and a WCC 02, as well as three cartridges, at the same place, date and time.
He was charged with the offence under Section 8 of the Arms Act 1960.
In the judgment at the end of the defence case today, Che Mohd Ruzima said the court found that the defence by the accused was merely a denial.
“The accused had failed to raise reasonable doubts against the four charges and therefore, is found guilty,” he added.
The prosecution was represented by deputy public prosecutor Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong, while lawyer Yunus Ali, represented Lim.
On Sept 19, 2012, Taiping High Court Judge Datuk Dr Hassan Ab Rahman had acquitted and discharged Lim of the charges for failure by the prosecution to establish prima facie against the accused.
The prosecution appealed to the Court of Appeal which ruled that there was prima facie and ordered the accused to enter his defence.– BERNAMA