By Dorcas Ting
KUCHING, Aug 8: In relation to the murder of an 18-year-old youth who was severely beaten during an assault that resulted in his death in Jalan Tun Jugah recently, the 6th suspect, aged 15, was released on police bail, whereas the 7th, 8th and 9th suspects’ remand was extended for two more days, until Aug 10.
The 6th suspect who was represented by counsel Voon Lee Shan was released on police bail today and must to report to the Kota Samarahan police station once a week.
Meanwhile, the 7th, 8th and 9th suspects, aged between 16 and 21 whose remand expired today were brought before Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi to apply for further remand. The magistrate allowed the remand application to extend two days until Aug 8.
The 7th suspect was represented by counsel Francis Teron.
Earlier, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th suspects were all released on police bail and must report themselves at the nearest police station once a week.
The 1st and 2nd suspects aged 43 and 50 respectively were arrested on July 29 to assist in the investigation into the death of the teenage boy who died from his injuries at the Sarawak General Hospital, at about 1am on July 29. They were brought before the Magistrate’s Court for a remand application where they were remanded for nine days in total and were released on police bail on Aug 7.
The 3rd and 4th suspects, aged 17 and 16 respectively, were arrested on July 30 and were remanded for seven days before being released on bail on Aug 6.
The 5th suspect, 21, was arrested by the police on July 30 and was given a seven-day remand until Aug 7, after which the suspect was remanded five more days until Aug 12.
According to a statement by Kuching District chief ACP Ashmon Bajah, 12 suspects have been arrested to date to assist in the investigation, all aged between 14 and 50.
It is believed that the assault case stems from a romantic relationship involving the deceased.
The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code which provides a death sentence upon conviction. — DayakDaily