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Death sentence commuted, worker gets 33 years for killing foreman

PDRM's logo (photo for archive ) AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

PUTRAJAYA: A Bangladeshi man has escaped the gallows after the Federal Court here commuted his death sentence to 33 years in jail for murdering his compatriot.

Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim, who presided with Federal Court judges Datuk Zabariah Mohd Yusof and Datuk Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal, also ordered Shohel to be given 12 strokes of the cane.

Justice Abang Iskandar said in the decision on Wednesday (Dec 13) that the court allowed Shohel’s appeal to set aside the death sentence imposed by the High Court, and substituted it with 33 years in prison and whipping.

He ordered Shohel to serve the sentence from the date of arrest on Feb 11, 2017.

Justice Abang Iskandar, however, affirmed Shohel’s murder conviction.

Shohel, 38, who was a construction worker, was found guilty by the High Court on Oct 23, 2019 of murdering foreman Polaus Kumar, 29, by decapitation.

The offence was committed in an apartment under construction in Alam Jaya, Jeram, Kuala Selangor between 3.30pm and 4.40pm on Feb 9, 2017.

Source: The Star

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