Six individuals, including two teenagers, were charged at two separate Magistrate's Courts with murder and abetting the murder of an unlicensed moneylender, also known as 'ah long'
According to Bernama, 27-year-old Tan Ah Chai, 36-year-old Yeo Ching Lian, 19-year-old Lau Zi Hui, and 18-year-old Yap Soon Kuan were four of the accused charged on Tuesday, 23 November, under Section 302 of the Penal Code for killing 47-year-old Phua Kian Ming.
Magistrate P Sarulatha — who presided over the proceeding — heard that the murder took place beside a restaurant at 27A, Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2, Jalan Baru Nilam, Klang, at about 12.20pm on 6 November.
Meanwhile, 43-year-old Gan Kok Shang and 38-year-old Tan Yong Seng were charged with abetting the murder.
They were charged under Section 109 of the Penal Code, which was read together with Section 302. The proceeding was presided by Magistrate Amirul Asyraf Abd Rashid.
The charges carry the death penalty upon conviction
All six accused nodded their heads to indicate they understood when the charge sheets were read to them in Mandarin, reported The Star.
No confession was recorded from the accused. Both courts fixed 31 January for case mention.
Kosmo reported that all six accused are from secret society groups — namely Gang 24 and Gang 553.
On the day of the murder, the victim was reportedly ambushed and hacked to death when he was walking to his vehicle after finishing lunch with his two sons at a restaurant
South Klang district police chief ACP Shamsul Amar Ramli said at the time that three individuals were armed with machetes while approaching the victim, before two of them started slashing him, reported Sinar Harian.
The victim tried to escape but he collapsed and drew his last breath not far away from the scene.
His 10-year-old and 18-year-old sons were unharmed during the assault.
It is learnt that the victim worked as a moneylender and had offices in Klang, Shah Alam, and Kajang.
Police later revealed that an old grudge between two secret societies could be the cause of Phua's murder, reported Bernama.
The investigation found that the victim and the suspects were from rival gangs.