The Trial of the 18 for the 2017 murder of Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnian: 6 found guilty of culpable homicide; 12 found guilty of injuring him

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Six Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) students who were charged with murder and abetment of murder of their fellow cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain escaped the hangman’s noose after the High Court today found them guilty of a lesser charge of culpable homicide.

However, Azman in his judgement said looking at the defence as a whole, the court found that there was no intent of murder.

Therefore, he said the offence falls under Section 299 of the Penal Code instead.

He said the court was satisfied that the pressing of the steam iron on Zulfarhan’s body had caused the latter’s death but this was not a premeditated murder.

Meanwhile, the judge also found that the six along with 12 others guilty of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Zulfarhan to coerce a confession from Zulfarhan that he had stolen a laptop.

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New Straits Times @NST_Online

 

NSTnation The 18 men who allegedly murdered UPNM cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain have been ordered to enter their defence. #justice4farhan

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Malay Mail @malaymail

18 accused in murder of UPNM cadet officer Zulfarhan ordered to enter defence

zamn.jpgZulkarnain Idros, father of Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, offers a prayer of thanks at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur July 31, 2019. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — The High Court today ordered 18 students of the Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) to enter their defence on charges of murdering and injuring their varsity mate, cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, two years ago.

Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah reached the decision after concluding that the prosecution had successfully established a prima facie case against the 18 accused.

Five accused, Muhammad Akmal Zuhairi, Muhammad Azamuddin Mad Sofi, Muhammad Najib Mohd Razi, Muhammad Afif Najmudin Azahat and Mohamad Shobirin Sabri are charged with murder while Abdoul Hakeem Mohd Ali is charged with abetting the murder of Zulfarhan Osman.

They allegedly committed the offence at room 04-10, of the Jebat hostel building in UPNM, between 4.45am and 5.45am on May 22, 2017.

The charges against the accused were made under Section 302 and 109 of the Penal Code, which carry the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

All the accused are now 23 years old.

The court set October 2 and 3, November 4 to 7, November 18 to 20 and December 3 and 4, 2019 for the defence proceedings.

A total of 29 witnesses were called to testify, including two eyewitnesses, throughout the prosecution trial which started on January 29, 2018.

The prosecution is being conducted by DPPs Julia Ibrahim and N.Joy Jothi.

The accused were represented by a panel of lawyers comprising Amer Hamzah Arshad, Datuk Ranjit Singh Dhillon, A.G. Kalidas, Datuk Hazizah Kassim, Datuk Seri M. Ramachelvam, Azizul Shariman Mat Yusoff and Zamri Idrus.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/07/31/18-accused-in-murder-of-upnm-cadet-officer-zulfarhan-ordered-to-enter-defen/1776326

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1 Response to The Trial of the 18 for the 2017 murder of Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnian: 6 found guilty of culpable homicide; 12 found guilty of injuring him

  1. Edward Lye says:

    Even if they are acquitted, they are guilty of conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman. They should never be promoted into positions of authority.

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