Plantation worker acquitted of murdering brother due to lack of evidence

Gufran (middle) talks to counsel Ateng Jeros (right) outside the court room.

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Sept 1: The High Court has acquitted an Indonesian plantation worker who was accused of killing his brother three years ago.

High Court Judge Azhahari Kamal Ramli made the decision after finding that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against Gufran, 20.

The Court has found that the prosecution also failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused and has acquitted him without calling for a defense.

According to the charge, Gufran was accused of murdering his brother, Umarlin, around 7pm in a palm oil plantation in Betong on March 25, 2020.

He was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

The prosecution in the case was led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Kong Siew Chuo, while the accused was represented by assigned counsel Ateng Jeros. — DaykaDaily