A 33 year-old engineer who murdered his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day three years ago has been sentenced to death.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Collin Lawrence Sequerah said the
accused, Cheong Teik Keon, was found guilty of killing Tan Ching Chin,
24, a clerk, was accused of committing the offence against Tan at her
home at No. 2703, Taman Hwa Seng, Jalan Rozhan, Alma, in Bukit Mertajam,
Malaysia, at about 8.40am on Feb 14, 2013.
In sending Cheong to the gallows, Collin said the
defence had failed to prove that Cheong was of unsound mind at the time
of the offence.
“An email written by Cheong five hours before the incident showed that
he was not of unsound mind, and I am unable to find the accused’s mind
so impaired as to not be able to differentiate between what is wrong and
what is right. There is no other option in this case than to pass a
sentence of mandatory death,” he said in a lengthy judgement.
Clad in a long-sleeved white shirt, trousers and slippers, Cheong
appeared subdued in the dock when a court interpreter conveyed the
judgement to him. He was represented by Ramkarpal Singh and Muhammad
Ramkarpal stood up at the end of the judgement to protest the death
sentence for his client and said he would file an appeal.Source: New