A religious teacher was sentenced to death by the High Court here on Sunday for the murder of a seven-year-old pupil four years ago.
31-year old Hanif Mohd Ali was found guilty of killing Saiful Syazani Saiful Sopfidee in the warden’s office at Asrama Putra, Sekolah Rendah Islam Al-Furqan, in Arau, Perlis.
He had committed the murder between 6 pm and 12 am on March 31, 2011.
Judicial commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab said the defence failed to cast any reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.
In his judgement, he said Hanif had throttled the victim, which resulted in cerebral hypoxia that fatally injured him.
Hanif who was also a hostel warden at the religious primary school had been sentenced to 18 years’ jail in March 2012 after pleading guilty to an amended charge, under Section 304(a) of the Penal Code, for causing death.
However, the prosecution appealed to the Court of Appeal and succeeded in reinstating the original charge, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, for murder.
The prosecution was represented by deputy public prosecutor Badius Zaman Ahmad, while Hanif was defended by Mohd Shakir Khairi. – Bernama