A 45-year-old lorry driver from Setiu, Terengganu was sentenced to death by the High Court in Kuala Terengganu today, 14 July
The lorry driver, who is a widower with three children, was found guilty of killing his village mate by mowing him down in 2014
The accused was charged with killing 49-year-old Rohadi Zakaria on the Kampung Jelapang highway in Sungai Tong, Setiu, at 6pm on 2 October 2014.
Judge Zainal Azman Ab Aziz sentenced the accused, Azami Mohamad, to death after finding him guilty of the charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code (KK) for murder.
According to reports, Azami mowed down Rohadi and his friend, who was badly injured, over a cattle sales misunderstanding
Prior to the incident, Rohandi and his friend were said to have quarrelled with Azami at a coffee shop in Setiu. Following which, the two victims left for their home.
However, Azami chased them in his Proton Gen 2 car and ran them down.
The impact caused the two to fall onto the middle of the road. The suspect then made a U-turn and mowed them down again before fleeing, according to NST Online.
While Rohandi died after being mowed down, his friend, 48-year-old Zakaria Taib, who was seriously injured, survived the murder attempt by Azami.
About half an hour after mowing the two victims, Azami went to Permaisuri police station in Setiu to lodge a false police report
The 45-year-old claimed that he was kidnapped by two men at knifepoint and that he rammed into them while trying to escape.
During their investigation, police discovered he was lying about the kidnapping.
While announcing the death sentence, Judge Zainal also sentenced him to 10 years in prison for the attempted murder of Zakaria and six months for making a false report.
While reciting his judgment today, Judge Zainal remarked on the government's proposed plan to abolish the death penalty
Although the defence has argued there is a trend (government) to abolish the mandatory death sentence but as long as the amendments are not made, the court is still bound by existing law.
The widower, who will leave behind three children, will serve his jail sentences concurrently from the date of arrest on 2 October 2014