Labourer pardoned for killing wife faces second murder charge

The court complex in Kuching.

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Nov 14: A labourer who was pardoned by the Governor for killing his wife a few years ago was today charged with beheading his elderly aunt with a parang.

Bandang Langu, 59, from Saratok, was charged with killing Gelingi Ngaing, 75, in a room of Rumah Lumpoh, Bratong Baru, Roban, between 2pm and 3pm, on July 25, 2018.

He was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries a death sentence upon conviction.

According to the case facts, the deceased was watching television with a girl in the living of the house with the door closed. Suddenly, the accused forced open the door. He had a parang around two-feet long with him and swung the parang at the deceased, severing her head.

High Court Judge Datuk Supang Lian fixed December 2 for the prosecution and the accused’s lawyer to submit their submission.

The judge also fixed January 13 to decide whether the prosecution had successfully establish a prima facie case.

The accused had been sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for killing his wife. He was pardoned by the Governor after serving his sentence for seventeen years on the condition that he received mental treatment and took medication.

He stopped his mental treatment and medication two years after he was released. He allegedly killed his aunt around a year later. — DayakDaily